"Talk To Your Kids About Gangs" is the culmination of a recording process that began in 2003, with the line-up of Zach Hill, Dan Elkan, Rob Crow, Carson McWhirter, Jonathan Hischke, Ian Hernandez and J.R. Thompson. The group first assembled for the album "Masculine Drugs", a soundtrack to a book penned by founder Zach Hill and released by Suicide Squeeze Records. On their Skin Graft debut, Holy Smokes arrive fully formed. Where the band's debut offered a discordant free-jazz-noise-rock shock, "Talk To Your Kids About Gangs" emerges as a harmonic tangle of pitches and thunder claps, that as they unravel, come into focus as intelligible, infectious oddments of grooving sonance.
Make no mistake, these are songs: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synth, Drums, Samplers, Toys, Piano, Keyboards, Trumpet and Gadgets - no bullshit. Holy Smokes have recorded a masterfully drawn, spectral broadcast; a call to arms now and forever.
HOLY SMOKES made their live debut at the CMJ music marathon.
released September 12, 2006
Zach Hill: Drums, Vocals, Guitars, Synth, Sampler, Toys, Harmonica, Piano, Trumpet
Dan Elkan: Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Keyboard
Rob Crow: Vocals, Various Instruments
Carson McWhirter: Guitars, Sampling
Jonathan Hischke: Bass, Screams, Synth
Ian Hernandez: Bass
J.R. Thompson: Recording, Bass
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It's like... They put oodles of exotic mixed fruits and veggies into a cauldron, then zapped it with lightning to produce a spectacular magical soup that defies categorization. (That's a compliment.) Totally gave me goose bumps. Once upon a time I couldn't get anyone to listen to stuff like this, even on acid. Now Palberta is available to everyone! R
The no-wave titan/experimental composer and one of the most inventive groups to come out of '90s indie rock make delightfully cacophonous collaborations together. Bandcamp Album of the Day Nov 30, 2016