Breaking the Canadian Stereotype: Holy F*ck is in your Face

4 09 2009
The "Four Headed Beast"

The "Four Headed Beast"

The sterotypical Canadian is polite, wimpy, and irrelevant. Holy Fuck is none of the above. Holy Fuck is LOUD! They have been hailed as “Toronto’s evil super group.” I was lucky enough to catch its ninety minute set at the Virgin Free Fest on Sunday, August 30th. The weather was beautiful, the dance tent was grooving, and Holy Fuck was in the air, on your tongue, and all around. My friend and musician Joe Osborne summed it up perfectly in his Tweet, “Holy Fuck might be the tightest band I’ve ever seen play live music.”

This electronica influenced rock band is headed by Graham Walsh and Brian Borcherdt with rotating rhythm players, currently Matt Schulz (Drummer) and Matt McQuaid (Bassist). The music is not “computer” generated, but the sound is very similar. Outrageous and bizarre tones from an old fashioned moviola, an array of pedals, and multiple keyboards, blend perfectly with the cadence of drums and bass. Walsh and Borcherdt refer to their keyboards as the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus, symbolizing both chaos and order. Very fitting to say the least.

During the entire set, Walsh was hunched over his keyboards grooving and jerking like a mad scientist. The “Four Headed Beast” played in a circle, instead of directly to the audience. This made the music more intense and orgy like, and probably helps Holy Fuck communicate through subtle gestures.

Mad Scientist

Mad Scientist

Since the show, I can not get enough of the raw, improvisational, yet solid sound of these four experimental musicians. I for one am looking forward to the release of Vicious Circles Vol. 1 a collection of  three artists (Black Moth Super Rainbow / Holy Fuck / Shugo Tokumaru), and their interpretation of each other’s works. The official release date has not been announced, but should be before the end of 2009, just in time for Christmas.

*Pictures courtesy Dawn and Tony Biedenkapp*

Playing the Viola

Playing the Viola

Holy Fuck 2009 Tour Dates:

09/09-Seattle, WA @Bumbershoot

09/10-Quebec City, QC @Le Festival Envol et Macadam

09/24-Vancouver, BC @ The Venue

09/25-Whistler, BC @ Garabaldi Lift Company

09/26-Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Music Festival

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Band’s website

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2 responses

17 09 2009

Great write up. I’ll be checking them out. Tony gave me some cd’s

17 09 2009

You would really like them! I can’t wait to see them LIVE again. They remind me of a cross between MMW, JFJO, and STS9.

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