TEXAN QUARTET ARE MAKING BIG WAVES; PYSCH OUTFIT TO LAUNCH LOCAL FESTIVAL.
Byline: With MAEVE QUIGLEY, DEMELZA de BURCA & JAMES WARD
Texas band Holy Wave are hitting Dublin on Tuesday to launch this year's Reverberation Festival.
The band release their new album, Freaks of Nurture today on The Reverberation Appreciation Society (the label run by the Levitation/Austin Psych Fest folk).
Featuring multi-instrumentalists Joey Cook, Ryan Fuson, Kyle Hager, Julian Ruiz, and Dustin Zozaya, Holy Wave were formed in 2008 when Hager and Ruiz decided to leave their hometown of El Paso and head for Austin.
Holy Wave's sound has evolved into a unique blend of sun baked surf-psychedelia, bringing to mind fellow Texans like The 13th Floor Elevators and modern contemporaries like The Black Angels and Night Beats, dyed in carefully constructed noise with an attention to detail echoing the work of shoegaze influences like My Bloody Valentine and Spectrum.
After making a name for themselves on the Austin scene (and becoming regular guests at the annual Austin Psych Fest), they released their first LP in 2011, Knife Hits. In 2012, Holy Wave released an EP, The Evil Has Landed, and these first two releases were paired up on a 2013 collection called Evil Hits. In early 2014, Holy Wave issued their second proper album, simply titled Relax and return today with their highly anticipated third full-length Freaks Of Nurture.
The band will be playing Dublin's Grand Social on Tuesday to launch this year's Reverberation Festival.
The lineup for the festival's second year includes an eclectic mix of the best psych artists from both home and abroad.
UK psych outfits The Cosmic Dead, The Cult Of Dom Keller and The Black Tambourines take top billing this year.
Dublin band Twinkranes return from 2015, as Wild Rocket and Woven Skull also debut.
Derry rockers Fabric, Dublin bands Sun Mahshene, Beach and I Heart The Monster Hero complete the 2016 lineup.
Reverberation is sponsored by Heineken and will be held in The Grand Social, Dublin on April 8-9. Tickets for Holy Wave and the full Reverberation Festival gigs are on sale now from www.tickets.ie.
FAR OUT MAN: Psychedelic four-piece Holy Waves