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Holy Fuck

Holy Fuck: LPLP (2007)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: ngs091ngs091
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If you have read up on Holy Fuck, you may have came across a description of their 2007 album, simply titled LP, as being a mesh of both Krautrock and punk. Honestly, I can sometimes see the German influence, but fail to see the components of the genre that we all love be utilized in this album, othe.
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If you have read up on Holy Fuck, you may have came across a description of their 2007 album, simply titled LP, as being a mesh of both Krautrock and punk. Honestly, I can sometimes see the German influence, but fail to see the components of the genre that we all love be utilized in this album, other than they play their instruments nicely loud. Yet, that facet does not just make a band punk, does it?

Now, it should be said that I am writing this review of a Krautrock-influenced electronic dance band not because I don't have a life (well, that's also the case, but anyway). Instead, this review is being written, even despite LP being mightily flawed, because I believe sooner or later we will have a whole genre of Krautrock-influenced, electronic-punk bands. You see, right now we have the band Fucked Up, which as you probably know, mixes hardcore punk with this German rock. While in post-punk / new wave revival, it is popular to be used on the dance floor: much like Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem and their many peers. Therefore, it is just a matter of time that the sound of punk expands its influence with other sounds as a reference. Will bands like Holy Fuck be one of those forerunners? Well, maybe, maybe not.

You see, the mostly instrumental LP is nothing original, especially to those who have had a listen to Fuck Buttons, a band that tuned the ears of all indie-electronic fans in 2008 with their album Street Horrrsing. Yet Holy Fuck, a band without clear vocals (like Fuck Buttons), are always choppy and drenched in feedback; but unlike Fuck Buttons, on the whole their sound takes a lot from the past, but gives little.

Right off the bat, LP shows this non-forwardness with the song "Super Inuit." It is here when you realize that they already use the same opening as the Krautrock-influenced post-rock band Cul de Sac, and their song, "Death Kit Train," found on that band's album, Ecim. It will be said that the song does nothing to outdo the original, nor does it even make it much different. However, there's one exception: a live sound. While this is not enough to save it necessarily, it is enough to make it, well, somewhat fashionable again. It also, hopefully, is not done so bad as to make Cul de Sac's biggest influence, Michael Karoli, the deceased guitarist of the 1970 German band, Can, from spinning in his grave.

After that song, Holy Fuck gets into dance mode for most of the rest of the album. The next song here, "Milkshake," once again, does not do much to rise out of formulaic tyranny, other than the live-sounding reverb and the accessible feel. Just this time, instead of lifting from Krautrock, it rather takes from club music. What club artists / DJs does it take from? Well, I can't tell you exactly, but it sounds familiar to anyone that has been on a dance floor. There's nothing on this track or the next song, "Frenchy's," to really mark it transcending. Again, it may feel safe and is even above average, but safeness does not good art make, does it? Rather, cut-and-pasting from the past makes it, at best, fun. Yet, honestly, Holy Fuck is fun, solely because dance music is often just that.

The album reaches its zenith with the fourth song here, "Lovely Allen." This is a song that starts with a rising, anthemia-instrument chime, that may go on about 1:15 minutes too long, yet has a nice epic feel. The song is not that dance-driven; rather, "Lovely Allen" would be good background music for a movie, especially in a climatic scene. This happy rocker, again, feels too familiar, but it is nice to have it included -- especially because after this point, LP goes into overblown bombast.

The wavy "The Pulse" may live up to its title, in that, if you put your ear to its heart, you will see after a good minute, in this nearly six-minute song, that you'd just rather check your watch. The conclusion here, also, just frankly takes way too long. While "Echo Sam" is slightly better, other than some good timed-screaming near the end it falls into the same category. Both "Royal Gregory" and "Safari" are more of the same.

The album is ended with its ninth song, "Choppers," and while it too could be worse, they also lift that same sound of Cul de Sac's "Death Kit Train" in the background. Now, this time, it does indeed sound much different; yet, by now you just don't really care, other than to let your mind relax a bit with the safeness of it all.

 

 
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muktar (November 23, 2008)

sick review. thought exactly the same. lovely allen is however the greatest song ever.
score for review

codu (October 21, 2008)

Saw 'em live.
Scores for that.

theDrivingSnow (October 18, 2008)

A lot of complaints about the album for such a high score.

Spalmer (October 17, 2008)

Albums are a bit dull but they were the surprise of Lollapalooza for me. Totally sick live.

codu (October 17, 2008)

Seeing them tomorrow, should be interesting.

xote (October 15, 2008)

I'm glad to see this review here.

diplodocuscore (October 15, 2008)

saw these guys open for !!! at the magic stick back in detroit. and HOLY FUCK were they amazing.

ngs091 (October 15, 2008)

1. No, I‚??m not German; but I love 1970‚??s Kraut rock, such as: Can, Kraftwerk, and Tangerine Dream!

I do admit I am hardly an expert on it, though.

2. Ya, I admit I could of probably of got a closer band to Holy Fuck‚??s sound than Fuck Buttons. However, I thought/ hoped the comparison sufficed clearly enough.

Thanks for the comments guys/gals!

Keep Rockin‚??

Nick Schwab (ngs091)

freesandwich (October 15, 2008)

I saw them at Lollapalooza this year and they were really good. Never heard them before. Score is for that show.

xaviersinclair (October 15, 2008)

this reviewer guy has GOT to be German. Are you German?

pwfanatic37 (October 15, 2008)

this album is awesome, the live show even better, and you're name dropping of fuck buttons a bit odd - considering the two vastly different styles of each band.

bryne (October 15, 2008)

I haven't been able to get into this much overall, but "Lovely Allen" is a jam and a half. Score's for that song.

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