Holy Fuck Holy Fuck Holy Fuck. We’re the only news source in this town willing to print this band’s name so let’s take advantage. Holy Fuck are electronic music with a twist. Their songs take place in two worlds. One where drummer Matt Schulz and bassist Matt McQuaid become rhythmic trail blazers laying down a foundation of electro-dance beats. The other is a plane of buzzing, morphing signals and flying shapes created by sound effects masters Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh. The twist is these guys make their intergalactic sound effects and phased out electronic blasts with everything but a computer. No loops, no spliced tracks and certainly no Abelton Live. What sounds like a DJ scratching vinyl on their track “Red Lights,” from their latest album, Latin, is actually a film synchronizer rigged up to a distortion pedal and played like a Casio keyboard. That filtered phaser sound is probably coming from a children’s toy ray gun aimed at a microphone. When Borcherdt and Graham stand facing each other on stage it’s like an epic Harry Potter battle with two equally powered wizards blasting lasers at each other from their hands. It’s music meant to be experienced live. Songs like “Silva & Grimes,” and “Latin America” build to a peak and then descend cyclically, but more often than not they push past the peak into outer space. Holy Fuck will be live at Soundlab on Tuesday (Sept 21), with sound-scape architects Indian Jewlery
Update: Photos from last night’s show by Ben Gardner (click on thumbnails to enlarge).