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Holy Fuck

Using live instruments and some adapted special gear (35mm film synchronizer, toy keyboards…), the Canadian band Holy Fuck gets as close to an electronic-sounding set as possible without the use of laptops or programmed backing tracks. Thus the refined sound-layering appears still very organic, abrasive and improvised. To experience the complexity of sound arrangements of Holy Fuck’s ad lib performance in their van became mind-blowing for us. So far we were not aware that the two songs the band was coming up with in their tourbus did not exist in this form, as they doubtlessly worked out perfectly elaborate. But once we started combing through their tracks in search of the missing titles, we became aware that there was no real match. A correspondence with Graham Walsh clarified: “We didn’t play any proper Holy Fuck songs for that. We just improvised two random un-named pieces on the spot.” Impromptu hardly ever sounded so compelling.


  • Posted: July 12, 2009
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Simon Brugner
  • Photography: Simon Brugner