Holy Esque at The Waiting Room
Four-piece Holy Esque are the latest in a long line of Scottish musicians to be born out of the world-famous Glasgow School of Art. Formed in 2011, the band have been building a strong fan base and reputation fit for the world-renowned local music scene, previously receiving support from industry greats Jen Long, Ally McCrae and Huw Stephens. Holy Esque have carved their name in the indie-rock circuit supporting and sharing stages with Wu Lyf, The Raveonettes and Haim on their UK tour, while also performing on international stages from CMJ to South By Southwest.
Hotly tipped, Holy Esque’s live performance easily lives up to the hype and praise they’ve attracted since inception. It may have something to do with the strong but unusual vocals of singer Pat Hynes, which is reminiscent of Joe Strummer; rasping and intense, lyrics are seething but equally hypnotic.
Rattling through a ten-song set with charisma and unstoppable energy, Rose is unquestionably a live highlight: an anthemic vocal layered coarsely over melodic guitar lines. 2014 release Sovereign showcases the development in Holy Esque’s song-writing style. Pulsing electronic beats accompany their notorious tuneful guitars and Hynes’ furious vocal; there’s undeniable Joy Division influences and comparisons to The XX in this number. Finishing the set with At Hope’s Ravine, Holy Esque display youthful passion embodied in an experienced and mature dynamic. They’re refreshing and captivating to watch, like a young version of The National before they exploded.
With memorable songs and live performances this strong they set the bar high, even if they are just a few years into their fledgling but burgeoning careers. This Glasgow band seem fit to take on London and the global scene and will undoubtedly steal the limelight as they progress with elegant poise.
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