If you're in a band it's not always good news when you hear that Liam or Noel Gallagher is in the room watching you play. When it comes to musical contemporaries of the combative duo from the now defunct Oasis, the hapless singers and bands are more likely to get trashed, abused and filed away as "that fat dancer from Take That" (Robbie Williams) or "he looks like Zorro on doughnuts" (Jack White).
However, Australian band Holy Holy got more than lucky recently during their European tour. Liam Gallagher turned up to their sold out London show and didn't just shut up and listen but went backstage to tell them they were "the best band I've seen in years" and he thought their album was "brilliant" (actually he probably said "fookin' brilliant" knowing him).
Even better, Gallagher was overheard by at least one publication which meant the reports of the praise couldn't be dismissed as the wishful thinking of a tired and emotional band working their debut album, When The Storms Would Come.
But then it's been that kind of tour for the band based around the songwriting duo of Tim Carroll and Oscar Dawson. Gigs are selling out across the Low Countries and the UK, songs are running up Spotify charts in the Netherlands and the Huffington Post declared that not only would their songs of "mesmerising aplomb" go on to "conquer the UK and the northern hemisphere" but that the band would be "the biggest deal since Kylie Minogue".
(Incidentally, Noel Gallagher once said of that pop giant, "Kylie Minogue is just a demonic little idiot as far as I'm concerned".)
Other reviews have compared them with "Fleet Fox's meet the War On Drugs" and raved that "When The Storms Would Come sounds like a career-defining set from an established act rather than an opening statement." Or, as Gallagher said, "fookin' brilliant".
Meanwhile, back home they've run up some kind of record having their sixth single in a row added to triple j's playlist – much to the gnashing of teeth from publicists of other acts who struggle to get on that playlist once – and Carroll and Dawson are in line for an unprecedented honour .
For the first time it's believed, two writers from the same band have been nominated for the APRA professional development awards. Previous recipients of those $15,000 grants include Gotye and Abbe May and this year's winners will be announced on November 24, two days before the ARIA Awards.
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