Holodrum in Leeds
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Thursday 5th December 2019, £6.00
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Holodrum announce debut shows and release first track 'No Dither'
Formed in Leeds but crackling with a Trans-Atlantic energy that stretches to NYC, Holodrum are a seven-piece coming together of old collaborators and new to create something that uproots the punk and repeato-rock foundations that many of its members had explored in previous projects and relocates them amidst a shared love of the early DFA Records movement and further back to the likes of Liquid Liquid, Konk, Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club.
Together, Emily Garner (vocals), Matthew Benn (synth/bass/programming), Jonathan Nash (drums), Jonathan Wilkinson (guitar), Sam Shjipstone (guitar/vocals), Christopher Duffin (sax/synth) and Steve Nuttall (percussion) came together from various other projects either defunct or on a break, and as a result there was a real focus on creating something that collectively felt fresh on a creative level. Demos have been pieced together as the band moved around various rehearsal spaces in Leeds, tracks forming out of live ideas furthered and extended.
'No Dither' is the first track to drop from these sessions and emphatically achieves that desire in its four-and-a-half-minutes of ascending euphoria, built atop crisp interplaying percussion and disco-flecked grooves. Garner's vocals bob and weave in and out of the jam playing around her, Shjipstone providing a raw counterpoint as the track ultimately lifts off. It is body-moving catharsis at its joyful best.
Holodrum features members of Hookworms, Cowtown, Virginia Wing, Drahla, Nope, Mucky Sailor, VIDE0 & Xam Duo.
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