Meet Holy Esque who are about to release AT HOPE’S RAVINE LP
Glasgow’s HOLY ESQUE announce the release of their long-awaited debut album, AT HOPE’S RAVINE, on 26 February on their own label Beyond The Frequency.
AT HOPE’S RAVINE is a primal, muscular, and utterly elemental work; a true epic in an era when such an epithet is overused. Here, bold is beautiful and HOLY ESQUE’s messages of hope and grief, escape and yearning, are writ large across sonic skies. “These are songs about belonging, fear, love, self-doubt, dreams, religion, release, darkness versus light and escape – especially escape,” says singer PAT HYNES.
“ … Glasgow’s most exciting and inventive new band …” NME
“ … Their singer’s gravel-throated delivery is extraordinary; a fine new Glasgow band …” SUNDAY TIMES
“ … Partly epic, partly industrial and wholly inspiring …” CLASH
“ … Scorching enough to set an entire mountain range aflame …” Q MAGAZINE
HOLY ESQUE formed in Glasgow in 2011. Front man Hynes and keyboardist KEIR REID both grew up in
post-war Lanarkshire new town East Kilbride, a place most usually known for its brutalist architecture
and the birthplace of The Jesus & Mary Chain. Keyboardist Reid and drummer RALPH MCCLURE met at
the famed Glasgow School of Art [alumni includes members of Franz Ferdinand, Peter Capaldi and some
of Scotland’s most eminent poets, writers and painters of recent years] and, finally, HUGO MCGINLEY
joined on guitar.
“ … There’s a dark magic about their sound; the rasping, quivering vocals call to mind Clap Your Hands
Say Yeah; the squalls of guitar elicit comparisons with Joy Division and Glasvegas …” THE GUARDIAN
“ … Tremulous vocals, a propulsive beat and shimmering, urgent guitars makes for gripping listening …” THE INDEPENDENT
To coincide with the album release, HOLY ESQUE will be playing the following instores:
FEBRUARY Mon 29 NOTTINGHAM Rough Trade
MARCH Tue 01 LONDON Rough Trade East
Followed by a full UK headline tour as follows:
APRIL Wed 06 PLYMOUTH Underground
Wed 02 BRISTOL Rise [INSTORE]
MAY Sun 01 NEWCASTLE Think Tank
Thu 07 FALMOUTH Mono
Fri 08 BUDE Carriers
Sun 10 BATH Moles
Wed 13 MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
Thu 14 LIVERPOOL Arts Club
Fri 15 STOKE Sugarmill
Sat 16 BIRMINGHAM Sunflower Lounge
Wed 20 LONDON Lexington
Fri 22 BEDFORD Esquires
Sat 23 SOUTHAMPTON Lennon’s
Sun 24 GUIDFORD Boiler Room
Mon 25 CAMBRIDGE Portland Arms
Wed 27 LEICESTER Cookie
Thu 28 NOTTINGHAM Bodega
Fri 29 SHEFFIELD Picture House Social
Sat 07 GLASGOW School Of Art
Thu 19 BRIGHTON Concorde
HOLY ESQUE’s music is comprised of tones and textures; peaks and troughs; brush strokes and breaking waves of sound. Chiming guitars interweave with emotive synth embellishments, and all shot through with Pat Hynes’ inimitable vocals, delivered from a dark place somewhere deep within his very centre. AT HOPE’S RAVINE follows a clutch of exceptionally well received EPs, which saw the band play all over the world as an unsigned band. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Jon Schumann [Mew, Kashmir] the album was recorded in a variety of locations and countries and is a bold statement of HOLY ESQUE’s life to date.
“ … Destined for greatness …” THE SKINNY
“ … Scotland’s most exciting rock band …” DAILY RECORD
A surge of musical serotonin delivered with breathless intent, the chiming guitars of recent single HEXX recalls that time when post-punk made a bid for stadium filling greatness while it’s b-side, SILENCES, offers the hope hinted at in the album’s title.
The next single [released on the same day as the album on 7” vinyl] will be TEAR, a vital live favourite from HOLY ESQUE, and an important track in understanding the band. Singer Pat says, “Tear is a great example of two of the central themes of the album – darkness v light and hope. The song has an emotional weight and looks at the ever-constant fears and woes of everyday life against the hope of something better. It touches on escapism and the pursuit of greater things. It’s essential to the history and make-up of the band today”.
HOLY ESQUE enjoyed rising success throughout 2015, with SILENCES receiving incredible support from Annie Mac and Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1, alongside constant press support from the likes of the Independent, the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the NME. In 2016 the band are set to truly make their mark with their debut album and a full headline UK tour.