Wednesday, April 13, 2011
[blogs.dallasobserver.com] Today marks the release of Dallas punk trio Here Holy Spain's sophomore album, Division, a disc that Daniel Hopkins called in this week's paper, a "blistering, driving and tearing" release.
And that was just in the lead. He also had this to say:
"[They] paint a pretty clear picture of what their live shows are like, transporting the listener to stages such as that of the Double-Wide, where the band has played many shows over the last few years... But nowhere on this record is there a lack of energy."
And, indeed, that's the thing about Here Holy Spain: Fiery as they may sound on record, they're a far more impressive live, one of the tightest and most well-rehearsed bands in town, as drummer Scott Brayfield and bassist Erica Guagliardi lock onto each other's grooves and frontman Wes Todd Solem howls and shreds on top of them.
The below video for their lead Division single, "Can't Control," sheds some light on that front too, thanks to some live performance footage shot by Red Animal War's Justin Wilson during a recent performance at Trees, and then edited by Solem himself. It helps that the song's a good one.
And, lucky you, courtesy of the folks at Idol Records, who are releasing this disc, we've got it for you as a free download. Get some.
Bonus MP3: Here Holy Spain -- "Can't Control" (right click, save as)
Posted by Dan Goldin at 12:54 AM