HOLY MOLY & THE CRACKERS
TAKE A BITE
CD / DL / vinyl
Released 5 April 2019
We made a big fuss when the All I Got Is You single appeared as a taster for the new Holy Moly album Take A Bite. With a European tour supporting Skinny Lister behind them and some UK dates to look forward to, a new album of songs to jump and jive to, is just the ticket.
“The clock strikes one but it’s midnight on the kitchen wall”
Perhaps in the rush of being in a hard working touring band, they forgot to adjust to British Summertime, but there’s more than enough in compensation with the perky and buoyant Take A Bite. After such a contrived opening (to the review, not the album) things can only get better.
First impressions are that what we called the Holy Moly ‘folk and soul’ has taken eleven songs that are built on a confident swagger and by that I’m hinting at my favourite HM track, Mary. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that the trademark cross pollination of styles from jazz and funk to indie folk, pop/rock and beyond has been diluted. With each of the eclectic super six adding their own individual signatures to the mix, Take A Bite refreshes the parts that other bands struggle to reach. It may be something to do with the philosophy of capturing the urgency and freshness in recording a song at a time that helps create that all often too evasive live feel rather than beating all vestiges of life out of the material. It catches the band doing what they do best, injecting and imparting an adrenaline rush which emerges from the grooves (for us listening on a piece of vinyl, maybe one of the limited green pressings) or the digital codes.
Musically, the anticipated carnival of sorts is headed by the bold familiarity of All I Got Is You that’s been doing the rounds pre-release, before we find the sextet pumping out “You’re only ever happy when you’re upside down,” and the mind, not for the first time, boggles. The piano based pseudo cabaret that I’d Give It All sees Ruth Patterson actually (and very seductively) giving her all in what could be a contender for the next Bond theme tune. You can just imagine the visuals. The Bond style strings also make their way into Can’t Get Enough, a funky little workout with a retro sway and shimmy as the title track takes the sway into a cool swing.
Fingers crossed that there’s sure to be an interesting story behind Naked In Budapest – we shall endeavour to explore further when we catch the band in Manchester on the tour. A city that’s seemingly a rich inspiration for musos from Jethro Tull to George Ezra, the Holy Moly take sees a faintly sleazy groove enhanced by a low key and vaguely intimidating hoarse vocal from Conrad Bird, straight from Fagin’s gang and a band chorusing “We’re not going home”
Alongside the Bohemian pulsing soul, there’s a hint of smooth class hinted at by the angular art deco influenced cover art and Ruth may confess that “we’ve got a bit of a daft name and we look a bit mad,” but then what’s not to like?
Watch and listen to Upside Down from the album here:
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