Holy Wave is a band from Nashville, Tennessee. The band was formed in 2011 and has released four studio albums to date.
The holy wave albums is a band that has been around for a while. They have released 5 albums and 1 EP to date.
Holy Wave, a Texas psychedelic band, takes a reserved approach to their music, sounding as though they’ve just just awoken as the tapes begin to roll. The quartet made a modest claim for one of the most enjoyable bands of their period, blending drowsy shoegaze, reverb-baked garage rock, and gently creeping psychedelia. Their early albums, such as Knife Hits from 2011, were more garage-oriented; nevertheless, they gradually added more vintage synthesizers to the mix, and by 2020’s Interloper, they had enough Vox organs and Moogs flowing through their tracks to make Stereolab envious.
Kyle Hager and Julián Ruiz, multi-instrumentalists, founded Holy Wave in 2008 after deciding to leave their birthplace of El Paso for Austin’s more musically oriented atmosphere. They created a sound that worked with garage rock, glazed-over psychedelic noises, and echoing shoegaze after adding Ryan Fuson, Joey Cook, and Dusty Zozaya to the group. Each member contributed to the composition and took turns playing whichever instrument they thought was appropriate. Holy Wave released their debut album, Knife Hits, in 2011 after establishing a reputation for themselves in Austin (and becoming frequent visitors at the annual Austin Psych Fest). The quartet released an EP called The Evil Has Landed in 2012, and these two albums were combined in a 2013 compilation called Evil Hits.
The band spent time on the road, refining their sound by adding drones and additional layers of dreamy reverb, before releasing their second full-length album, Relax, in early 2014 via a collaboration between the Reverberation Appreciation Society and Burger Records. The Evil Has Landed, Pt. 2, a compilation of B-sides from Relax and demos for their next LP, Freaks of Nurture, was published the following year. The band and prolific Austin producer Erik Wofford collaborated on the record, which was released by the Reverberation Appreciation Society in early 2016. Following that, Holy Wave went on tour, performing at the Levitation Festival in Austin as usual and recording a Fuzz Club session in London, which was published in early 2017. The band spent the year working on their fourth album and traveling with Hope Sandoval.
Adult Fear, released in 2018, was produced by Dillon Fernandez of the garage rock band Leather Girls and had a less lush, somewhat uncomfortable tone that enabled Holy Wave to add a spooky element to their laid-back songs. The band then went on tour, as is customary, before returning to the studio to record new material. Working with producer Charles Godfrey at his Scary American studio, the band defied convention by completing one song at a time, layering in more keys than ever before and allowing each bandmember to take over lead vocals for the first time. Interloper, the resultant album, was released in July of 2020.