Austin360 On The Record: Holy Wave’s ‘Adult Fear’

Holy Wave. Contributed/James Oswald

OUT THIS WEEK

Holy Wave, “Adult Fear” (Reverb Appreciation Society). The Black Angels may be the standard-bearers of Austin’s contemporary psychedelic music scene, but we’re kind of partial to El Paso transplants Holy Wave, who record for the Angels’ influential indie label Reverb Appreciation Society. On their third full-length (and sixth release overall), the band sometimes sounds more tapped into other elements of 1960s music than psychedelia, drawing upon elements of classic rock and pop but updating them to create a sound that’s reverential of those roots, yet not really retro. They’re still fully capable of stretching things out into extended, trippy explorations, as on the dreamlike eight-minute track “Habibi.” But much of “Adult Fear” consists of three-and-four-minute songs that are more focused, including the leadoff cut “Nation in Regress” and the bathed-in-melodic-bliss “David’s Flower.” Here’s the video for the title track:

COMING SOON

  • APRIL 6: Lagoons, “Escape” EP.
  • APRIL 12: Sideshow Tragedy, “The View From Nowhere” (Hand Drawn), release show April 12 at Continental Club.
  • APRIL 13: Wood & Wire, “North of Despair” (Blue Corn), release show April 28 at Scoot Inn.
  • APRIL 13: Greyhounds, “Cheyenne Valley Drive,” release show April 13 at Continental Club.
  • APRIL 13: Josh T. Pearson, “The Straight Hits!” (Mute).
  • APRIL 14: Andy Macintyre, “Melomania” EP, release show April 14 at Antone’s.
  • APRIL 20: Marcia Ball, “Shine Bright” (Alligator), in-store April 24 at Waterloo Records.
  • APRIL 20: Ty Richards, “Welcome to Flat Earth.”
  • APRIL 20: Arkansas Dave, self-titled (Big Indie).
  • APRIL 27: Willie Nelson, “Last Man Standing” (Legacy), playing July 4 at Circuit of the Americas.
  • APRIL 27: Mobley, “Fresh Lies, Vol. 1.”
  • APRIL 27: Christy Hays, “River Swimmer” (Nine Mile), release show April 21 at C-Boy’s.
  • MAY 4: Shakey Graves, “Can’t Wake Up” (Dualtone).
  • MAY 4: Jeff Plankenhorn, title TBA.
  • MAY 11: Marmalakes, “Please Don’t Stop” (Austin Town Hall).
  • MAY 18: Kelly Willis, “Back Being Blue” (Thirty Tigers).
  • MAY 25: Patricia Vonne, “Top of the Mountain,” release show May 26 at Continental Club.
  • JUNE 15: Tish Hinojosa, “West.”

 


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