Holy Holy @ Miami Marketta Review

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Off the back of their second single release earlier this month, Holy Holy have played a string of shows as part of their Darwinism Tour.

They stopped at the Miami Marketta on the Gold Coast last night (24 November), nearing the end of their national circuit. Warming up the crowd was Brisbane musician Alex L’Estrange followed by Sydney band I Know Leopard. People were slowly spilling in during their sets, enjoying beers and burgers in the outside market.

The market was obviously not opened to its full capacity on this quiet, Thursday night as only a few food and beverage stalls were open. It was an interesting venue similar to The Triffid, Brisbane, with an outdoor, beer-garden environment with food stalls, a bar and a large, indoor stage.

The crowd moved quickly inside to the stage as Holy Holy were due to play. The set started strong and was in full force from the get-go. I was immediately taken by frontman Timothy Carroll’s flawless voice. He sung every note perfectly and effortlessly.

The bass layer was inaudible in the first few tracks, but got some volume further into the set. By this stage, the levels sat at a comfortable volume with a warm and clear sound for the remainder of the show.

Holy Holy played through a collection of hits including ‘History’ and ‘House Of Cards’. They also played their new singles, ‘Darwinism’ and ‘Elevator’, as well as a few new tracks from their next album, ‘Paint’.

With only one album under their belt so far and one on the way, they had a surprisingly large and recognisable collection of songs. Despite this, the crowd were surprisingly subdued considering the amount of hair and tall tees in the room; the most enthusiasm radiating from the most mature member of the crowd.

There wasn’t a lot of conversation or banter from the band in between songs and although Holy Holy seemed engaged in what they were playing, all except Timothy showed little energy or movement on stage.

They ended the set with ‘You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog’ and then made their way back to the stage for an orchestrated encore. Overall it was a strong and enjoyable show.

Miami Marketta proved itself to be the perfect venue for a relaxed night out to enjoy live music over a beer with mates.

Holy Holy have a lot of momentum at the moment as they wrap up their tour (Sunshine Coast 25 Nov, Brisbane 26 Nov) and finish the year on a high before moving towards the release of their album in February next year.

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