Holy Fuck started a legacy based on near stupidity. It started with a simple concept, to mimic modern electronic music without using modern fail-safes like laptops and programmed backing tracks. They wanted to make music breathe new life with every new performance, take daring risks on high wire, and threaten always to collapse around the bewildered audience. So they armed themselves with a drum set, a bass guitar, a myriad of toy keyboards, guitar peddles, mixers, and even a 35 mm film synchronizer and hit the stage at last year’s NXNE festival, without even rehearsing. Luckily they remembered to bring extra batteries.
Sure what they came up with sounded more like some sort of mutant kraut rock, noisy Suicide-like monster. But it was the audience’s reaction that was most surprising. Although perhaps bewildered, they nonetheless danced, smashed stuff, freaked out… one girl even cried. Now just over a year later they have played super-festivals like Coachella, CMJ, SXSW, POP Montreal, Montreal Jazz, and have even been invited to All Tomorrow’s Parties in London and Vegoose in Las Vegas. They have hooked up and collaborated frequently with Anti Pop Consortium MC, Beans. They still do it with the same duct taped keyboards, film editing gear, still without rehearsing. The line up continues to mutate but maintains its core: Brian Borcherdt, Graham Walsh, Kevin Lynn, and drummers Glenn Milchem and Loel Campbell.
Spin magazine recently described Holy Fuck as‘blip-hoppers’. Other amusing descriptions are “a shabbily dressed Kraftwerk” and even “Toronto’s evil super group.” While it is difficult to describe the sounds made by mashed up Casio beats, layered with pounding drums and scratched up film tape, the one comment that is on everyone’s lips is … well, “Holy Fuck!”
“I had the good fortune of seeing these crazy crazy guys perform live a few weeks back at the Mercury Lounge in NYC… it was off the fucking hook. Seriously, totally bananas. Their songs made me want to run around in circles and fall down, or jump up and down and rock-kick my feet out in all directions. It was insanity in a nutshell." - Music For Robots
“Anything can happen with this school science project gone right.”- Tim Perlich, Now
“Holy Fuck are set to emerge amidst praise as enthusiastic and exclamatory as their name.” Exclaim