I get asked on a pretty regular basis "why do Australian's travel so much?" or "you guys are everywhere, are there even any Australians left in Australia?". It's as if these people think it's strange to travel. My rebuttal question would be - what on earth is wrong with traveling?
I'm not going to speak for my entire country (it would be rude to seeing as technically I am more British than Australian), nor my entire generation, but it has become almost a right of passage, or a coming of age to - excuse the use of this word - go walkabout. In Britain I guess they'd call it a 'gap year', but whatever you want to call it, we have this urge to leave home and experience different people, places and cultures.
Aussie boys Holy Holy are born from this very notion. Singer/songwriter Timothy Carroll from Brisbane and guitarist/producer Oscar Dawson from Melbourne first met while volunteering in South-East Asia, but it wasn't until later when they were both living in Europe (Carroll in Stockholm and Dawson in Berlin) that the two began demo-ing songs together. The two would meet in apartments, stairwells, and studios in either city and piece together their debut album, that they then returned to Australia to record and produce.
After the success of their first single "Impossible Like You" last year, they went on to release their EP The Pacific along with second single "House of Cards".
The 4-track EP was recorded live to tape with producer Matt Redlich (Ball Park Music, Emma Louise, The Trouble With Templeton), a technique that lends itself well to their musical style. Lyrically, Carroll is a storyteller who speaks often of the sea, perhaps naming the record after the Pacific Ocean is a hint at homesickness, sitting in the snow in Europe, longing for the ocean back home. Compositionally, Dawson's riffs and melodies complement Carrolls' comforting vocals, and as a live act they recruit Ryan Strathie (Hungry Kids of Hungary) on drums and Graham Ritchie (Emma Louise) on bass.
N.B: Apparently "House Of Cards" references the somewhat sensitive subject of Australia's current political... 'situation'... I can't say whether or not that is true but would be very interested in finding out. Please send weird theories, facts, quotes and/or Timothy Carrolls' contact information my way.