With moody orange flashing lights welcoming Holy Holy onto the stage, their electrifying 70 minute live show was one to remember on all accounts. The sold out crowd packed into the venue early on to see Hallie and Carla Geneve warm up the stage, and they captivated them well.
Without wasting any time Holy Holy kicked off the show with fan favourite from their sophomore studio album including ‘Elevator’ and ‘That Message’ which had the singalong’s in full synchronisation. “Brisbane, we’ve been looking forward to this one”, lead vocalist Timothy Carroll confessed as he revealed it was officially the five year anniversary from when they supported Boy & Bear at The Tivoli. “We’ve been dreaming of headlining this venue for a long time, and we can’t believe it’s actually happening”.
With the massive Australian tour conducted to celebrate the release of their highly acclaimed third studio album ‘My Own Pool Of Light’, the band wanted to play a decent amount of the record and showcase their sonical growth. ‘Maybe You Know’, ‘Faces’, ‘Flight’ and ‘Sandra’ highlighted this well and had the crowd singing along as passionately to these new tracks as old favourites ‘Sentimental And Monday’ and ‘Willow Tree’ that were sprinkled throughout the set.
Following their recent Like A Version appearance on triple j, they performed their energetic cover of Lorde’s ‘Green Light’ which created a euphoric moment in their live set. Followed by ‘You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog’, they shredded their guitars in a epic instrumental breakdown that created another instant highlight.
Wrapping up the show with ‘Darwinism’ and True Lovers’, they said good night to the crowd and walked off stage. With chants breaking out, they returned for the cinematic ‘Frida’ and the anthemic ‘Teach Me About Dying’ which closed the show perfectly.
With the contrast of their high sonical energy and mature lyrical reflection, Holy Holy delivered a memorable show that showcased their new record and direction well. With the big venue and sold out status, the only thing that could have been improved was the production to have a bigger lighting rig or visual representation with a backdrop/LED screens to elevate what they have done as a live band in the past.
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Photos by Jordan Rogers-Smith
Holy Holy Australian Tour
Thursday 19 September – Mt Pleasant Tavern, Mackay
Friday 20 September – Magnums, Airlie Beach
Saturday 21 September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville
Sunday 22 September – Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns
Friday 27 September – The Gov, Adelaide
Saturday 28 September – Astor Theatre, Perth
Sunday 29 September – The River, Margaret River
Thursday 18 October – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Friday 18 October – Roundhouse, Sydney
Saturday 19 October – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Friday 1 November – Torquay Hotel, Torquay
Saturday 2 November – Forum, Melbourne