City Of Tales: Volume 1

by Band Of Holy Joy

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Long departed original Holy Joy member, film-maker Brett Turnbull clatters fevered email: a discovery… a cassette. From way back. It’s a near won thing – a crack salvage job (tape baked in the oven rendering the sound into deformed bad-acid Hawkwind, tampons applied to the playback heads hand- held in place to reverse the process over one long night. Rider: REVOX, bottle of whiskey and some isopropyl alcohol – a deep labour of love to keep the speed from wavering). Songs saved, so what have we here?

Summer 1985, London: Brett, Big John, Martine, Max Davis and Johny Brown. Original JUNK shop mode and the darkest dark, Holy Joy holed-up in a New Cross squat puking soundscape, lost voices, cheap organs, slithering basslines, stuttering drum machines: pure drama and trauma a go-go. The similarities startling, the differences intoxicating. The 1985 model enacts a younger chemically fuelled pre drug-damaged séance – disturbing elements of psychotic glee lashing out within the fury, the kind that comes when you open the portal for the first time – when there’s unspoken hope behind the exorcism. The youngest member of the band, James Stephen Finn steps in to curate and a path is trodden to Brixton to master. What the fuck?! How can this be? Ladies and Gentlemen we present… City of Tales: Volume 1.

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released January 28, 2013

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Band Of Holy Joy London, UK

Margin walkers and midnight drifters, Band of Holy Joy have wandered liminal landscapes of their own making for 3 decades now. The weirdness and wildness of the landscape they stagger through, the askew vision like a crash between Coleridge, Brecht and David Peace, the literary allusions and poetry, the strangeness of it all. A cultural piracy raiding doomed melancholy and gentrified mediocrity. ... more

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