It’s almost impossible trying to get a HOLYCHILD track out of your head once you hear one. They make a bouncy, catchy type of music that makes it hard not to smile to. Ahead of their North American tour, I sent over some questions to the poppy duo…
For readers who don’t know who you are, how would you describe your sound?
We make brat pop; pop that pushes boundaries in terms of rhythm, chord progression and lyrics (not necessarily all at once), while still maintaining a catchy melody. Essentially, we think it’s a cross between TV on the Radio, St. Vincent, Kimbra and Katy Perry.
How did you come together to be HOLYCHILD?
Louie and I met in my dance class in college and it all sort of came together very naturally. We instantly bonded over music and art, and we started collaborating really early on with paintings and jamming.
We ended up writing a bunch of songs together in the summer of 2011 when I had graduated college. Things progressed from there, we recorded and then decided to move to LA with HOLYCHILD in late 2012!
When buzz started to grow through sites like Hypemachine, how did it make you feel?
It’s so nice that people are supportive of our art. I’m sure you can relate, that it’s nerve-wracking to release your art into the world. Therefore when people react well it’s not only gratifying but it’s encouraging. For me, this is my first band or music project, so I really feel like the public response has been so beneficial for my personal growth as an artist.
What inspires you to come up with your tracks?
We’re inspired by everything. Novels, other musicians, paintings. I don’t know how to describe it, but the process of writing a song is so natural for us. Pretty much anytime we’re with instruments we’ll be writing, and sometimes we don’t even need those to be the catalyst.
The lyrics for our songs have been inspired by insecurities that I have and I feel our culture shares based around roles that we are encouraged to engender. Beyond that it’s pretty fluid.
Who would you love to tour with?
We would love to tour with artists who inspire us! TV on the Radio, TuNe-YaRdS, St. Vincent, Kimbra, Fiona Apple… these would all be dreams!
What’s in store for you over the coming months and the year ahead?
We’re releasing our album in the fall, so up until then we’re excited to be touring! This is all a new process for us so we feel so fortunate to be able to connect with more people while playing the live show.
We head out on tour starting April 2nd, and we plan on being on the road through the summer and then releasing the album in September or October!
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