The Holy Mess - Cold Goodbyes (Cover Artwork)

The Holy Mess

The Holy Mess: Cold GoodbyesCold Goodbyes (2012)
Red Scare

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I recall checking out one of the Holy Mess' EPs back when I first heard they had signed to Red Scare and I was pretty stoked. I thought they were really good and I really liked whichever songs I heard. Then they released the self-titled compilation of their previous EPs on Red Scare and, for whateve.
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I recall checking out one of the Holy Mess' EPs back when I first heard they had signed to Red Scare and I was pretty stoked. I thought they were really good and I really liked whichever songs I heard. Then they released the self-titled compilation of their previous EPs on Red Scare and, for whatever reason, it never really clicked. It wasn't bad--far from it--but it just didn't get played too many more times in the Norville household. Still, I held interest in their upcoming, proper Red Scare debut.

If this digi-EP is any indicator, it should be a good ??un.

Things open up with the titular track (yes, I did learn my vocabulary from The Upright Citizens Brigade, why do you ask?). "Cold Goodbyes" begins with a nice little build up rhythm before things take off into a catchy song with gruff vocals. The song is clearly influenced by the Midwestern orgcore sound of bands like the Lawrence Arms, Off With Their Heads and Dillinger Four, along with the sound of peers like the Menzingers. It has a nice pace and lyrics I could find myself singing along to after just a few listens if I had a physical lyrics sheet to read along with.

Presumably "Cold Goodbyes" will be on the upcoming Cande Ru Las Degas and, if past Red Scare digital EPs can be any indicator, the next two songs are exclusive to this release. "The Saddest Girl to Ever Hold a Martini" is the slightest bit mellower and, again, has sing-along parts, especially the "alright, alright"s. The other vocalist has a few more cleanly sung parts throughout this track--all of which complement the gruff vocals with some lyrics like "My friend, my friend, don't you dare feel sorry / Hold onto your guns and bring your thieves along." However, the overall idea of the EP seems to be for them to sing large chunks of the songs together.

The third and final track is a cover of the Menzingers' "Male Call." The cover isn't drastically different because the Holy Mess and the Menzingers don't have radically different sounds, but it is unmistakably the Holy Mess. Once again, the collaboration on vocals works well for the song. Most importantly, the Holy Mess didn't butcher the song--they stayed true to it while still making it their own cover.

Though I wasn't as fond of The Holy Mess as I had hoped to be, I have a feeling I'll enjoy Cande Ru Las Degas quite a bit. This is pop-punk with gravelly vocals. I know some people will eat it up and others will moan that it isn't Guided by Voices. The Holy Mess are not reinventing the wheel (or even Axl Rose) and I get the feeling they don't particularly want to either. This is fun. This is catchy punk rock that would be a blast to sing along to while drunk--or maybe even while naked in the middle of the street, covered in blood that isn't your own, surrounded by cops and high on PCP. I don't know. I haven't tried that yet.

If these two new songs are any indicator, the full-length should be a favorite around Punknews when it comes out in August. After all, a band with good enough heads on their collective shoulders to choose wisely and cover the best Menzingers song along with the excellent tastes to cover the best band in general surely can't fuck up making an album of their own songs, can they?

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jimmynorville (July 1, 2012)

er, four stars...

jimmynorville (July 1, 2012)

Echos - I believe I said I wasn't totally into the last release. I liked this one a lot - hence the three stars.

telegraphrocks (June 30, 2012)

It's okay. The Menzingers cover is pretty cool.

Thumbs (June 29, 2012)

This band, as said below, definitely is generic as hell. It's kind of pathetic when the best song on your release is a cover.
Red Scare is, unfortunately, getting shittier and shittier.

Brendan Kelly, The Holy Mess, Elway, The Sidekicks, Masked Intruder... terrible year for Red Scare.

Oh, and the hipster-looking dude in this band with the dumb(est) hair and glasses is a total fucking piece of shit.

RedScare (June 29, 2012)

Beer gargoyles!

EchosMyron (June 29, 2012)

Gee, thanks for the mention. The fact that you write that you are not completely on board with this EP, but award it 4 stars, goes to show how unreliable you orgcore fanboys are when reviewing anything falling under that banner. I bet the full-length gets a nine, even though the songs I streamed from this band were completely unremarkable.

sailin_on (June 29, 2012)

Gonna have to go with angryderek on this on, I saw them open for the Flatliners, they couldn't be more generic.

angryderek (June 29, 2012)

PUH-LEEZ, this band sucks farts.....through a coffee straw

austinatx (June 29, 2012)

Kinda weird describing a sound a 'orgcore' on the Org.

discountgigalo (June 29, 2012)

Hell yes on the Randy cover! I am stoked for the full release. The menzingers cover caught me off guard when I was listening to this at work. So I had the EPs in heavy rotation when they came out but when the redscare release came out it just was nothing new but good to have everything in one package i suppose. The new album is going to be good.

kylewagoner (June 29, 2012)

Thanks for that Randy cover link!

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