Atlanta Alt-Rock Band Holy Beach Deliver Heavy Debut Album
Holy Beach only formed this year but they’re a band comprised of talent spanning years. The result is an experimental project born out of lead singer John Lally’s hunger to design new walls of sound that didn’t quite fit the band he was in at the time, so, flanked by fellow instrumental geniuses, Lally formed Atlanta-based hard-rock outfit Holy Beach.
Holy Beach’s debut album, All That Matters Is This Matter, was released a few months ago back in June, featuring eight intense anthems meant to be howled into the void. Opening with “ships off the coast,” All That Matters Is This Matter kicks things off with brash volume and no apology. Straight away, listeners are plunged into the ceaseless darkness that is Holy Beach — their in-your-face aggression and swirling melodies made thick by the grit of metal tendencies. “fade away” follows, a gentle homage to Lally’s shoegaze-y beginnings, fizzing and twinkling like TV static for a few soft minutes before moving onto more emotive alt-rock smashes on “it’s the fear” followed by more raging anthems drenched in reverb and unrelenting instrumental power.
Later, “the new colossus” rings out with thick, resounding smacks of percussion, a clear standout in terms of sonic versatility — it takes its time on the buildup then remains in its succinct, steady soundscape, but the vocal delivery is a hushed growl before softening into a croon more easily accessible to the average ear. Everything about the track is drowsy with delirium. After a solid 35 minutes, All That Matters Is This Matter ends with “skull faced on a horse,” the band’s searing conclusion marked by slight psychedelic influences and a crunchy, crushing tone that, by album’s end, seems to have snuck in underneath all that noise to become Holy Beach’s signature sound. Holy Beach aren’t stopping any time soon — things are on fire. Instead of putting out the flames, they’re helping it all burn.
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Featured photo of Holy Beach by Chad Hess