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In the Post #30: The Holloways

By on Monday, 5th October 2009 at 12:00 pm

The Holloways (album cover)The Holloways burst onto my radar in early 2007 with “Generator“, their incredibly catchy hit single. They sort of fizzled from view after that before I got their second album, “No Smoke, No Mirrors”, through my letterbox late last week.

There’s a part of me that feels I should hate this bunch skinny-jeans / American Apparel-style too-cool-for-school lads from North London. However I wouldn’t be doing them any justice – their album is catchy, simple and honest. It’s not gonna win any critical acclaim, it’s not the next Beatles classic, but it’s simple and fun. Like the Ting Tings for Camden-ites. Yes, this will strike fear into many of your hearts, but I don’t care.

We have the great vocal arrangements that would have The Futureheads’ Hounds of Love bowing down to them (see lead single “Jukebox Sunshine”‘s chorus), we have social commentary of today’s delicate emo / chav / trendies equilibrium (“Why do all the rude boys on the bus find it fun to make a fuss / of anyone a little bit dissimilar / why can’t they just leave each to their own devices / even if they’re a bit unfamiliar” on “On the Bus”). We also have the great catchy Kooks-esque sing-alongs (see most tracks on the album, “Alcohol” in particular).

It’s the sort of thing you’ll probably love if you are a casual Kooks / Libertines / Pigeon Detectives / The Courteeners / Little Man Tate / Ting Tings fan. If however, any of those names strike fear into your heart don’t touch this album!


The Holloways – Jukebox Sunshine

The Holloways’ new album, “No Smoke, No Mirrors” is out today. Order it from Amazon here.


No Half Measures Tour with The Holloways, Underground Heroes and Haunts / October and November 2008 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 4th September 2008 at 8:00 pm

The Holloways, Underground Heroes, Haunts, Regards and Bear Hands are all out on a joint tour in October and early November around the UK.

Tickets for all dates go on sale at 9am tomorrow morning (5th September).

Friday 24th October – Newcastle Carling Academy 2
Sunday 26th October – Leeds The Faversham
Monday 27th October – Manchester Club Academy
Tuesday 28th October – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 29th October – Birmingham Custard Factory
Thursday 30th October – Oxford Carling Academy
Friday 31st October – Sheffield The Leadmill
Saturday 1st November – London ULU


Lack of decent albums this week, so instead: Video VJ

By on Sunday, 27th May 2007 at 7:54 pm

The HoosiersThis week there’s a distinct lack of albums I’m interested in coming out, and I have a depressing amount of work to do for uni exams etc, so I’m playing Video DJ (ahh, the joys of youtube!)

I’m aware that there are new albums by the likes of Pigeon Detectives and Mumm-Ra out this week, but I haven’t had a chance to listen to them yet, so I’ve got a range of new bands that I like at the moment and put up their singles…

So, after the jump, find a selection of the best indie pop videos I like at the moment… it saves time and yet still looks like I’ve done a full post… classy Phil! We’ve got The Hoosiers, Ghosts, The Holloways, The Twang and Klaxons all with videos, and represent my 5 favourite songs of this week.

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