Toronto noisesmiths Holy Fuck live in the hallowed crossover space between the electronic and the organic – buzzing saw synths colliding in real time with a filthy drum kit that would make Soulwax fiercely aroused. Masters of audio manipulation, the stage is where Holy Fuck live, bleed and die: hands fused to racks of machinery as calamitous sine waves wreck the body and soul. Last year’s surprise fourth LP ‘Congrats’ continued to refine the recipe, streamlining their former acid jazz freakouts into gorgeous melodic slow-burners. Holy Fuck have been doing this long enough for leftfield Americana to catch up with them; their music sells Chrysler Jeeps and soundtracks Edgar Wright films, sitting comfortably alongside Tame Impala and recent releases by Liars or LCD Soundsystem – but make no mistake, they’ve been running this road a long time, and their symptomatic outsider status places them in a realm all their own.

Thu 10 August, 7.30pm at Hare and Hounds, High Street, Kings Heath B14 7JZ £11

Thu 10 Aug
Chris Donald - Gigs Editor
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Sat 1 Jul 2017