Holy Balm electrify SuperDeluxe
Holy Wow! Sydney's strikingly original trio, Holy Balm, whipped the eclectic Biennale crowd on Saturday night into a near frenzy with their psychedelic stretched out beats- think Human League meets Electrelane in a whirled up super sundae! With combined interests in experimental sounds and tasteful commercial leanings in pop, dance and rhythm, Emma Ramsay, Jonathan Hochman and Anna John began collaborating in 2006. "Our sound fits under many umbrellas of music styles," says stylish front-woman Emma Ramsay. "It works for us because we are pretty open minded with the music we like to listen to."
On the verge of releasing their debut 7" single on Fifth Column label, the trio "were stoked" to be asked to be part of the SuperDeluxe series at Artspace for the Biennale. Approached by guest programmer Caleb K, they had heard about the infamous Tokyo nights initiated by Mike K, and their enthusiasm for the event was matched by their ever-growing following.
"It's a big deal to be asked to be part of the Biennale" continues Ramsay. "The nights at Artspace have been really successful with the mix of people checking out the events. Mike K has got some local artists to curate some nights too. I guess international art events like the Biennale means that there is a nice exchange that can happen among artists and curators."
Another chance to see the creative trio live this winter is with Naked on the Vague July 2nd, after that their live shows are on hiatus, while they spend some time on other projects- aside from the debut single, they have signed to Shawn Reed’s Night People label (USA) for a cassette release, and in October they promise a "very exciting film project", so stay tuned for further details.
photos: Clinton Gorst
(L-R) Emma Ramsay, Anna John, Jonathan Hochman