Holy Fuck - Free Gloss (feat. Nick Allbrook of Pond)

Song of the Day
Hosted by John Richards
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by John Richards, host of The Morning Show on KEXP, is “Free Gloss (feat. Nick Allbrook of Pond)” by Holy Fuck, from the 2020 album Deleter out January 17th via Last Gang Records.
photo by Finn O'Hara
written by Janice Headley

"Our music can be dark and pummeling at times, unrelenting even," admits Toronto-based electro-punk band Holy Fuck via a press release. "'Free Gloss' was designed as a way for us to shed some light, and bring some bliss and buoyancy to the table whilst still maintaining that ecstatic energy and intensity that we love."

Their latest single and today's KEXP Song of the Day features guest vocals from Nicholas Allbrook, former Tame Impala bassist and current POND frontman, whose off-kilter vocals are a perfect match for the spaced-out, relentless electro-groove. The single will appear on the band's fifth album Deleter, out January 17th via Last Gang Records.

The band continues:

We started tinkering with the main riff and structure on this one as an idea to take the listener on a euphoric sonic journey and explore the push/pull, tension and release you can take people with on the dance floor. We were trying to step out of the corner we’ve been painted into. Now we’re more in the dance world than ever. And this is the kind of dance music we like. In many different ways 'Free Gloss' reminds us all of some kind of '90s thing. When we wrote the main keyboard riff, immediately we thought of Much Music, our Canadian equivalent to MTV, specifically their live dance studio broadcast, Electric Circus or their compilation album Extenda-Dance Mix 93. The inadvertent soundtrack to our youth. Looking back on it now, these shows explored a clash of humanity with technology, or perhaps the humanity in technology; repetitive electronic music with unpredictable human movement, which feels in keeping with the way we write and perform our music.

Holy Fuck are heading out on a worldwide tour this Spring, including a March 31st stop at Neumos. Check out the rest of the dates below, along with a trippy video game-inspired clip by Haoyan of America. 

03/23 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
02/24 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/25 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
03/27 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
03/28 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
03/30 Portland, OR @ Lola’s Room
03/31 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
04/01 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
04/03 Calgary, AB @ Broken City
04/04 Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s Cantina
04/06 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
04/07 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
04/24 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
04/25 Luxembourg @ Out of The Crowd Festival
04/27 Birmingham, UK @ The Hare & Hounds
04/28 Brighton, UK @ Chalk
04/29 Cardiff, UK @ Clwb lfor Bach
04/30 Manchester, UK @ Yes (basement)
05/03 Glasgow, UK @ Slag & Dagger Festival
05/05 Barcelona, ES @ La Nau
05/06 Oviedo, ES @ La Lata de Zinc
05/07 Vigo, ES @ Radar Estudios
05/09 Valencia, ES @ La Pérgola
05/23 London, UK @ All Points East

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