Win Tickets ($40): Holy F @ Lola’s Room | Gauzy House Krautrock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Holy F @ Lola’s Room on March 30. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed March 23.



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From our sponsors:
Holy F
March 30, 2020
7 pm doors, 8 pm show | $17.75 ADV, $20 Doors | All Ages
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Lola’s Room
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Canadian quartet Holy Fuck have always been happy to plow a distinctly lone furrow. Never ones to chase the limelight or hop on any genre-wagon that happens to be passing by, they’ve played by their own rules for the past part of 15 years and five albums. It’s for that reason that they’ve become one of the country’s finest and most influential exports with their widescreen, technicolor, crescendo-heavy and highly danceable sound often finding itself imitated, but never bettered.

Even after attracting mainstream attention thanks to appearing on the soundtracks to both “Breaking Bad” and “Mr. Robot,” the band has continued to go against the grain in a cultural landscape that that prioritizes and lionizes the safe and predictable over the marginal and single-minded.

Arriving a moment where attention spans are shot and anxieties are going into overdrive, Deleter, Holy Fuck’s fifth studio LP, is a typically full-bodied affair. Polyrhythmic and pleasure focused, Deleter sees Brian Borcherdt, Graham Walsh, Matt Schulz and Matt “Punchy” McQuaid taking their signature super-dense sound to new creative heights, seamlessly fusing the gauzy drive of krautrock and deep house’s dreamy ineffability, expertly blending purring motorik percussion with the sort of fuggy synthetic fizz and tang that so often sends clubbers into states of unselfconscious rapture. From the thrusting minimalism of opener “Luxe” through to the triumphant chug of closing track “Ruby,” via club-ready rollocker “Free Gloss” and the cosmic clatter of “San Sebastian,” Deleter is a record that joins the Holy Fuck dots in fine style, sounding like no one else in the business.

Ideological inspiration has come from some slightly unlikely sources, such as the long-running Canadian television show “Electric Circus.” Effectively a club-friendly version of British cultural mainstay “Top of the Pops,” “Electric Circus,” in Holy Fuck’s eyes at least, is the crystallization of a musical era that spanned technotronic to TLC – a touch point for a group who’ve always tried to make people dance in their own way.

As Borcherdt puts it, Deleter is partly an attempt to “make peace” with the dance music that was popular during his adolescence – an adolescence largely spent in the company of Black Sabbath rather than Black Box. “We were trying to step out of the corner we’ve been painted into,” he says. “Now we’re more in the dance world than ever. And this is the kind of dance music I like.”

More than just a musical influence, the program’s freewheeling sense of raw self-expression – from the hyper-color sartorial ensembles donned by audience members and dancers alike to the totally unselfconscious dancing on display episode after episode – has bled into the hyperkinetic energy which drives Deleter on and on into hitherto uncharted sonic territory.

Both Deleter and “Electric Circus” explore what happens when humanity and technology coalesce into one big, semi-organic celebration of the joys of spontaneity, repetition and individuality.

Staying true to your own identity was crucial to the group during the LP’s gestation. “From the very beginning the approach has been ‘let’s try and make something so musical out of something that isn’t intended to be musical in the first place’” Borcherdt says. By this, he means that the one constant in a career that has always put the focus firmly on moving into uncharted territory with each new record, is a fearless approach to musicianship, with the intention always having been to find a way of accessing the inherent humanity of technology.

“It’s been long enough now, somewhere around the last record maybe that it felt like we’ve done this long enough that we’ve kind of invented our own language. I think we’re pretty idiosyncratic and hopefully our music exists in its own realm. That’s not an easy thing to do. It takes a certain amount of dedication and faith but I think we’ve been doing it long enough that we figured out that language.”

In a way, Deleter is an album that was written without realization. Ever unconventional, Holy Fuck eschewed the usual writers-retreat approach to crafting an album. There was no romantic sojourn in a secluded cabin in the woods, nor did the group sozzle themselves in booze hoping to find inspiration at the bottom of a pint glass. Instead, Deleter’s basic vocabulary was formed of series of super-rough sonic sketches caught here and there at soundchecks and rehearsals. Those jams, field recordings, snippets and snatches of semi-coherent ideas were then fleshed out in a cross-continental process from which nine fully-realized songs emerged.

Borcherdt admits that before the studio trips he was feeling a little isolated, a little down, a little lacking in forward momentum. “And then I opened up one of the folders I had that was filled with those jams,” says Holy Fuck’s founder. “Suddenly I had an epiphany: I was like, ‘our record is nearly done!’”

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25 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Holy F @ Lola’s Room | Gauzy House Krautrock

  1. Carol Lynn Cooper January 2, 2020 at 10:07 pm #

    Holy F is awesome. Want to go.

  2. Jonas Trekas January 2, 2020 at 10:09 pm #

    5th studio LP was cool. Want to see them now.

  3. Chris January 8, 2020 at 4:20 pm #

    That’s wassup

  4. Rose January 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm #

    Sounds like a cool show!

  5. Carol Cooper January 14, 2020 at 9:08 pm #

    Would live to see Holy F. Pick me.

  6. Jonas Trekas January 14, 2020 at 9:09 pm #

    DELETER IS A GREAT ALBUM. PICK ME PLEASE.

  7. Jonas Trekas January 19, 2020 at 11:35 pm #

    Another Canadian band. Let’s do this.

  8. Carol Lynn Cooper January 19, 2020 at 11:36 pm #

    They are so dang cute. Would love to see them.

  9. wallace January 21, 2020 at 2:45 pm #

    Canada in the house, hell yeah!

  10. Jonas Trekas January 26, 2020 at 12:04 am #

    Want to see the Holy F fine dots in style please.

  11. Jason January 29, 2020 at 12:05 am #

    Holy F Yeah! And I haven’t been to Lola’s, so it’s a double sensory overload.

  12. Jonas Trekas January 29, 2020 at 9:41 pm #

    Never been to Lola’s Room. Would love to see them there..

  13. Carol Lynn Cooper January 29, 2020 at 9:41 pm #

    Holy F is awesome. Please pick me.

    • Carol Lynn Cooper February 4, 2020 at 3:55 pm #

      Never been to Lola’s room. Want to check this band there please.

  14. Celeste January 30, 2020 at 9:41 am #

    What a great intimate venue to drone out to the sounds Holy F! Would love go courtesy of PDXPipeline!

  15. Kaj Persson January 30, 2020 at 6:54 pm #

    They use the word for my favorite past time in their groups name… I wanna go!!!

  16. RK February 3, 2020 at 3:25 pm #

    I love them and totally need to be there!

  17. Meghan McBee February 5, 2020 at 6:56 am #

    Holy F I’d love to go!

  18. megan February 5, 2020 at 7:32 am #

    i love live music and would love to see this band

  19. Carol Cooper February 5, 2020 at 11:41 pm #

    Holy Grail…Holy F. RIGHT?

  20. Jonas Trekas February 5, 2020 at 11:42 pm #

    With a name like this I’ve just got to see them.

  21. Jessica February 11, 2020 at 12:51 pm #

    OMG my husband and I just love love love HOLY F!! We would love a night out!!

  22. Carol Lynn Cooper February 13, 2020 at 8:51 pm #

    Who doesn’t want to see these guys?

  23. Jonas Trekas February 13, 2020 at 8:52 pm #

    I’m ready for a evening out.

  24. Bogdan February 15, 2020 at 10:50 am #

    They sound amazing, would love to see them live!

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