Never ones to miss an opportunity to let their (and your) hair down, rabble rousing, Holy Moly & The Crackers will be hitting the road for a slew of their famously feverish live dates before 2018 is out. Eyeing up UK towns and cities the length and breadth of the land, the outfit will be embarking on an adventurous November tour kicking off at Southampton’s 1865 on the 1st November, with dates in Wales, Scotland, London, Manchester, and everywhere in between, before a heroic homecoming show at Newcastle’s Riverside at the tail end of the month (30th Nov). The full dates are below, and RockShot will join the party at The Junction in Cambridge on the 3rd, so check out the review when it is published
Ensuring their audiences are primed and fully on brief for the proceedings ahead, Holy Moly & The Crackers have released a rambunctious live version of their irresistible hit single Cold Comfort Lane as a taster of what’s in store at their well-honed live shows.
“Its been a bit of a mad year for our song ‘Cold Comfort Lane’ – it just seems to have hit a certain nerve! So, we really wanted to get a live version down. You know, that’s what’s this band is all about, the live show, so it made sense. We went it Blank Studios, a local studio in Newcastle that has recently upgraded and upsized. Its proper. And the gents that work the machines know what they’re doing! So we all dressed up, drank a bucketful of coffee, and made a load of noise for a few hours. Hope you enjoy the result!” Oh yes we do Conrad and we are looking forward to the live shows.
Already included on major Spotify playlists including Fresh Find & New Noise and with the studio version clocking up over 1 million streams, the contagious Cold Comfort Lane has also popped-up on E4, BT Vision, Capital One, Ultimate Ears, KIA Sportage Cars and can even be spotted on the credit title track for the blockbuster movie Oceans 8.
About securing their single ‘Cold Comfort Lane’ as the end title credits on Hollywood’s ‘Oceans 8’ Box Office #1, Conrad told us “This was pretty mind-blowing, and came out of nowhere. The director Gary Ross got in touch personally and invited us to the premiere. He said that Ruth’s voice was what immediately grabbed his attention. It has upped the stakes looking forward to next year. No pressure then …”
Since I first stumbled across their second album, Salem,I have been chatting to Conrad, who is probably one of the nicest guys in the business, and I can confirm that Holy Moly & The Crackers’ have not had a minute of rest in a successful but manic 2018.
Floating on something of a high-water mark, the last few years have huge for the female-fronted Holy Moly & The Crackers, with demand seemingly never greater. In 2017, the ever-evolving folk-alt-rock collective released their superlative album Salem via their own Pink Lane Records label to widespread acclaim from the likes of R2 Magazine, Folk Radio UK, The Crack, Clash Magazine, No Depression, Blown Speaker, not to mention rave support at Radio from BBC Radio and Radio X, and of course overwhelming public support that continues to spread like wildfire across continent. Selling out venues across the country and drawing heaving crowds at festivals the likes of Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Bestival, Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory.
“We’ve just finished up our festival season, and its been our best yet. The band is in a really good place: we’re working really well together, on and off stage, and I feel like the shows we’ve done recently are really showing that off. But this tour, we want to push it even further. More energy, more noise, always.”
Holy Moly also landed successfully in The Netherlands, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Italy where Crackers’ chatter is only getting louder. Like I said, to say it has been a busy time for the bombastic folk rockers, would be an understatement.
About touring Germany and Italy in March 2018 Conrad told RockShot “Playing Europe is always a real joy for us. Its hard touring and we cover serious miles. But the vibe and reception of the audiences makes it really worth it (and of course the food – its all about the food). We’ve got big plans to go back out next year – so watch out!“
With a veritable army of fans on tenter-hooks in anticipation of their next move, Holy Moly & The Crackers are also delighted to lift the lid (a little) on progress of their forthcoming third album….
“We’ve just finished our new album and we hope to release next year, so you might see a couple of songs creeping into the setlist at these upcoming gigs” says Conrad. “The new album. Ooooof. Well, we’re over the moon. From where we’re standing, it’s the best stuff we’ve made – musically, lyrically and production-ally. At the beginning of the writing process, a few months ago, Ruth (lead singer, violin) said to me: “These songs have to come from something real, from the heart, from experience – that’s how we need to connect” And you know what, I think me might just have done that.”
One of the most effervescent and entertaining bands you’re as sure to see this Winter, Holy Moly & The Crackers promise a show packed with surprises, new songs and ‘more energy, more noise, always’ at the following dates throughout November.
Special thanks to Craig Newton from Underground Photo for the fantastic live images
Holy Moly & The Crackers UK Tour
1st – The 1865, SOUTHAMPTON
2nd – The Garage, LONDON
3rd – The Junction, CAMBRIDGE – RockShot will be covering this show
8th – The Moon, CARDIFF
9th – The Old Market Assembly, BRISTOL
10th – West End Centre, ALDERSHOT
11th – Hare & Hounds, BIRMINGHAM
16th – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, GLASGOW
17th – The White Chruch, COMRIE
22nd- The Bodega, NOTTINGHAM
23rd- Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS
24th- The Deaf Institute, MANCHESTER
25th- The Crescent, YORK
30th- Riverside, NEWCASTLE