Magic Bullet Records
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Fredericksburg, VA 22405
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Jason Fiske, Joshua Latham, Cosmo DiGiulio, Lynsey Oetinger, Robert
Mallory, Eli Cohn, Julie McDougal, Michael McDougal, J.S. Courting,
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.
CITY S/T CD/Digital
(CD issued 05/05/09 - Magic Bullet Records)
Album press kit: MBL115
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