The Metro – Chicago, IL
While Holy Ghost! may not be exactly the religious experience you were hoping for, these dance rockers are mid-explosion on the indie scene. Their first single, “Hold On,” is still pushing its way through the blogosphere, catching short glimpses of their future success in previous hits. Shoving the chillwave movement aside, these rockers are steadily forging their way into your most essential summer playlists.
Pretty recently signed to James Murphy’s indie-label, Holy Ghost’s “debut” EP (Static On the Wire) was released earlier this month via DFA Records. I like to think of DFA (Death From Abroad) Records as a big happy family. The label features more dance bands than you can shake your groove thing to: Hot Chip, The Juan McLean, Hercules and Love Affair, YACHT and Gavin Russom who all add their unique flair to the label. There are often collaborations between artists featured on the label as the boys of Holy Ghost! played alongside label mates The Juan McLean on a previous tour. The Brooklynites have also crafted stellar remixes for LCD Soundsystem, whom Holy Ghost! are currently touring alongside.
The night could not have gone better for Holy Ghost! as the boys are relatively new to the average listener. The original duo that formed Holy Ghost! fleshed out their live sound a bit with two additional friends joining them this time around. While the guys are still trying to find their stage presence, Holy Ghost! gave the Windy City all they had, primarily premiering new hits from their recent EP.
The crowd was pumped for anything that walked on the stage. I mean, I think we wound up cheering for the staffer that focused the lights at one point. However, the track that started their success (“Hold On”) was instantly recognized and definitely got the crowd moving in a lot of good ways. That single was previously featured as the iTunes free single of the week at the late end of 2007 and has been a staple of their airtime play.
Their excitement on their debut tour was not expressed through awkward speeches to the audience, but rather through their dance beats and indie-punk aesthetics. Sometime in late August they are set to return to the States and tour briefly with Hot Chip and Chromeo, concerts where only those with two left feet would dare to miss.