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Portland, OR

Jason Fiske, Joshua Latham, Cosmo DiGiulio, Lynsey Oetinger, Robert Mallory, Eli Cohn, Julie McDougal, Michael McDougal, J.S. Courting, Tyler Keene

Link: Official Site
Link: MySpace

After months spent on the road with other bands, childhood friends Jason Fiske (SPARROWS SWARM AND SING, FREQUENCY NEEDS A MATE) and Joshua Latham (THE MORMONS) evacuated the temporary locales of Los Angeles and Brooklyn to return to their New England hometown, where they would conceptualize an album's worth of new music with longtime friends Lynsey Oetinger and Cosmo Kilburn DiGiulio.

They wrote and sang and played endlessly.

Enlisting further instrumentation from even more childhood friends back in Brooklyn (assembling quite an accomplished string section), the friends collectively perfected their vision, ultimately recording and mixing the precise album they had always wanted to make.

Upon deliberation and adoption of the moniker GOLDEN HOLY, the friends set about the always-harrowing journey of finding a home for the album. Given their ambitiously unique and forward-thinking take on indie music, the winding path eventually landed GOLDEN HOLY at the doorstep of Virginia's Magic Bullet Records (home to equally innovative and uncompromising acts like THIS WILL DESTROY YOU, ROMANCE OF YOUNG TIGERS, LYMBYC SYSTYM, et al). The fit was that of an old, trusty glove, as the label had previously worked intimately with Fiske during his tenure in SPARROWS SWARM AND SING.

Comprised of 9 tracks racking in at just under 42 minutes, the self-titled debut from GOLDEN HOLY is a surprisingly joyous statement of purpose framed atop a lushly-orchestrated and deceivingly down-tempo soundscape. Whereas many other bands have taken the slow-indie concept and simply meandered aimlessly like miserable bastards, GOLDEN HOLY ascends far beyond the trappings and instead delivers a concise blend of both whimsy AND power over the nostalgic and lilting beauty of their songs. Tracks like "Sons of Dreams" and "Maybe the Books were Wrong" deliver engrossingly full-pitch vocal hooks destined to be sung en masse live. Meanwhile "A Whale's Tooth" shows us that, even at their most stripped down and quiet, GOLDEN HOLY know how to leave an instantly-memorable and lasting impression with listeners.

Now calling Portland, Oregon home, GOLDEN HOLY has mutated into a frentic and sweaty 12-armed live phenomenon, replete with more wires and instruments than lesser life-forms could ever know what to do with. 2009 will find the band taking it to the highways of North America and earning what is sure to be a stellar reputation and exceptionally bright future.

Catalog #MBL115
(CD issued 05/05/09 - Magic Bullet Records)

Mp3: Sons of Dreams

Album press kit: MBL115

GOLDEN HOLY: View all current dates on MySpace