Holy Moly & the Crackers – Take A Bite – album review

Holy Moly & The Crackers – Take A Bite

Pink Lane Records

LP / CD / DL

Out Now

Newcastle six piece Holy Moly and the Crackers and vocalist Ruth Conrad says that ‘This album is asking the audience to take a chance on us’. Conrad from the band adds that the live performances are the key, ‘All roads lead to the stage,” he says, “The arguing, the loving, the making, the listening – it boils down into one manic, riotous party. That’s where we connect with the audience and with each other and that’s what we’re all about.”They play huge sounding pop songs with a folky, indie feel, Fighting Boredom have been listening to their album, read what we think below.

This is a great big pounding, dancing, leaping around pop record. It’s folky and punky in equal measure but above all it’s an infectious slice of life. It stomps, rants, breaks down in tears, swigs cheap beer as it dances wildly around the town. It’s glamorous, sexy and violent. They deal with the end of relationships in a hard nosed argumentative way, Goodbye, but give me one last kiss. They give you in turns slow and sexy, glam rock drums and punk guitars, oriental rhythms and tales of being naked and free.

It’s a great big mish-mash of life created in the North, Newcastle, and I’m guessing that this whole thing started back when the quayside was dirty, broken and looming warehouses. before the beautiful bars and sculptures. There’s a sense of the dangerous, the lost and the forsaken in this record and it needs that. It’ll grab you by the lapels, kiss you hard then try and punch you before buying you a drink. I’ll take the lot, and dance along too.

Holy Moly & the Crackers website is www.holymolyandthecrackers.com. They have a Bandcamp page, are on Facebook and Tweet as @HolyMolyHQ.

All words by Adrian Bloxham

Adrian Bloxham

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