HOLY WAVE – WESTERN PLAYLAND
Texas five-piece announce Fuzz Club Session live LP and share video for ‘Western Playland’

Fuzz Club Records’ live session series – the Fuzz Club Sessions – has already seen amazing releases from the likes of Night Beats, Heaters, The Entrance Band and 10,000 Russos – and it’s still showing no sign of slowing down. The London imprint has just announced the latest to join the club – Texas’ finest garage/surf staples, Holy Wave.

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During a UK tour in support of their 2016 LP Freaks Of Nurture, Fuzz Club invited the band to an analogue recording studio in South London to lay down a live album. As with all the sessions, it’s to be released as a series of videos from the day and pressed to vinyl (released July 20th) and Fuzz Club are now sharing the first cut. Kicking things off is ‘Western Playland’ – a swooning piece of psychedelic pop that beams its way through a murky haze of 60s garage-pop synths, almost surfy guitars and dreamy, echoing vocals.

Holy Wave’s Fuzz Club Session contains one previously unreleased track ‘Buddhist Pete’ and five cuts from their recent album, Freaks Of Nurture. The El Paso five-piece are clearly steeped in a 60s Nuggets­-era nostalgia but manage to make it completely their own – with daydreaming pop melodies and expansive songwriting their washed out, reverberating garage-pop sounds better than ever. The warm analogue recording of the session creating a hazy echo chamber of sun-soaked psychedelic ecstasy – recorded live, straight to 2” tape and committed to wax.

“[Holy Wave] combines elements of psych, Nuggets-era garage pop, and surf rock before slathering the whole package in the requisite coat of reverb. It’s the kind of dream that would be easy to get lost in, but there’s always a warm guitar riff to guide you out of your reverie, like a ray of sunlight shining on closed eyelids” Consequence of Sound

“Low key and heavily reverbed throughout, their third album Freaks of Nurture is an intimate piece of pastoral psychedelia which replaces oddball freak-outs with gorgeous melody” The Line Of Best Fit

“Holy Wave, at their core, are whimsical and dreamy… they are transcendent among the psych-rock scene coming out of Austin, with every trippy guitar solo and every lullaby sung to flow ever so gracefully from song to song.” Slug Magazine

Photos: Alex Durán.

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