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Alongside the announcement of an east coast tour this January and February, today Holy Holy reveals new single Port Rd feat. Queen P and the accompanying video via Wonderlick Recordings. The urgent and ambitious new single showcases the latest progression in their shapeshifting sound as they maintain an unshakable sense of what has come to define them.
Port Rd, inspired by a quote from author Arundhati Roy (see below), focuses on the terrifying-yet-exciting nature of change and what awaits on the other side.
The track features a collaboration with emerging Melbourne rapper, Queen P, whose fresh presence on the record complements Tim Carroll’s rich vocals. “I love the energy she brings,” he says. “I love collaboration. There’s something really nice about a song having multiple characters – in every way; in the texture of the voice, in the personality and in the story. We feel privileged that she’s up for that.”
Holy Holy also invited fans to submit their vocals via social media, to form the choir that drives much of the emotional punch of the song.
The Port Rd film clip is a product of change. Conceived and produced in lockdown, from over 300 video snippets created by Holy Holy fans; this is a visual response to a collective shift.
Their first new music since their ARIA & J Award nominated album ‘My Own Pool of Light’ (2019), Oscar Dawson and Tim Carroll created Port Rd completely remotely from each other. The duo found the limitations of the pandemic also held opportunities for experimentation and exploration, testing the limits of what the band can do and be. This also involved inviting fans to submit their vocals via social media to form the choir that drives much of the emotional punch of the song.
“Our collaboration is an exciting place. We constantly push each other forward. It’s a good back-and-forth to have with someone; we don’t hold each other back,” explains Dawson.
Holy Holy has used 2020 to create music that continues to push and satiate themselves as musicians and fans of the craft. “With all things musical, our approach has always been very much led by how the music makes us feel. That’s our compass,” adds Carroll. “As long as the music feels good to us and we enjoy it, then we’re on the right path. We both have a pretty strong sense of that and that’s guided us from the beginning.”
“Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to normality, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves.
Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.
We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world.”
— ARUNDHATI ROY, THE PANDEMIC IS A PORTAL
(FINANCIAL TIMES, 3 APRIL 2020)
PORT RD FEAT. QUEEN P – OUT NOW
HOLY HOLY ‘PORT RD’ TOUR
Limited Capacity East Coast Tour
Presented by Tiny Monster and Select Music
General tickets on sale 10:00am Friday 4 December from www.holyholymusic.com
Exclusive fan pre-sale commences 11:00am Thursday 3 December.
(Find the desired event on Facebook and hit “interested” to access the
fan pre-sale link.)
Saturday 23 January | The Factory, Sydney NSW (early)
Saturday 23 January | The Factory, Sydney NSW (late)
Friday 12 February | Forum, Melbourne VIC (early)
Friday 12 February | Forum, Melbourne VIC (late)
Saturday 27 February | The Tivoli, Brisbane QLD (early)
Saturday 27 February | The Tivoli, Brisbane QLD (late)
Thanks to Positive Feedback