The guitarist on that record was Todd Youth, who was only four years older than I was, but had already been a staple of the NYHC scene. These days, he's playing bass in FireBurn, a melodic hardcore combo that I've been raving about on the site since they appeared from out of nowhere last year. Below is the conversation we had about his life and musical career. It's a long interview, but I think many of you will enjoy the bits of trivia strewn throughout it. Let's start with your upbringing and how you got into music. Were your parents liberal, all that kind of stuff.
Tonight in Rock in LA - Nas, Mere Mortals, Holy Fuck: LAist
Described as "blip-hoppers" and "a shabbily dressed Kraftwerk," Holy Fuck began creating lo-fi electronic noise music Described as "blip-hoppers" and "a shabbily dressed Kraftwerk," Holy Fuck began creating lo-fi electronic noise music with old analog musical and non-musical instruments, including a 35mm film synchronizer. Without the use of laptops or other instruments common to early 21st century electronic music, they strove to re-create their chaotic, Casio-driven live presence on their albums, the first of which -- a self-titled effort -- appeared in Known primarily for improvising on-stage with a variety of electronic devices strewn across a table and held together with duct tape, the two toured heavily and wrote tracks for their album, LP, while on the road. The full band returned in with a third album, Latin, its first to include bassist Matt McQuaid.
Tonight in Rock in LA - Nas, Mere Mortals, Holy Fuck
They differ from the usual 'button pushers' as Holy Fuck's music is created completely without the modern tools such as laptops and pre-programmed loops. All of their music is created with a large array of 'real' instruments including drums, toy keyboards and other items that range from traditional tools to household objects. On the spectrum of sound they exist somewhere between!!!
Tweet "Electronic music collective" is one of those terms that may strike fear in a particular kind of music lover's heart. It's like "jam session," or "Finnish," or "root canal": When I saw Holy Fuck's second album, the simply-titled LP, described as the work of an electronic music collective, I couldn't help but knee-jerk a bit of trepidation. Fortunately, having seen these guys provide a pretty entertaining opening set for Wolf Parade a couple years back, I felt duty-bound to at least give it a shot.