If you’re not familiar with Holding Absence and/or Loathe, it’s time to get acquainted. Both of these bands are two of the spectacular roster members that upstart label Sharptone Records has assembled, and in just a short time, perhaps the most important. Both bands give off somewhat different, yet similar vibes. It’s mainly in both Holding Absence and Loathe’s convictions to create music that is familiar, yet off the beaten path enough to remain intriguing and interesting. So how did the band ace that test on their new split EP, This Is As One? With flying colors.
Sharptone Records has been absolutely killing it lately, cementing themselves as the future of metal and rock music. While the upstart label is home to veterans like Emmure, Attila, and We Came As Romans, it’s the newer bands that are making some stunning waves. A diverse palate of rock and metal bands that includes acts like World War Me, Polaris, and Don Broco, two of the most interesting bands on the label are Loathe and Holding Absence. The former is currently in the US opening Wage War’s sold-out headlining tour, while Holding Absence are biding their time with sporadically released singles that have all been very well-received.
The next salvo in the arsenal (hah! Premier League humor) of both bands comes in the form of This Is As One, a new split album that also contains two new tracks from both bands. “White Hot” by Loathe and “Saint Cecelia” by Holding Absence are both new songs that you can stream below. The split, available for preorder right here, is out in February. If you are looking for the future of rock music, both Loathe and Holding Absence are more than worth seeking out.
This is a pretty basic fact: Upstart record label Sharptone Records is killing the game right now. Not simply a one-dimensional label signing veteran metalcore and post-hardcore bands (We Came As Romans, Attila, Miss May I), in the label’s 11 month (!!!) foundation, they’ve also signed hungry acts like Currents, Widowmaker, and Cardiff’s Holding Absence. The latter is gaining some seriously crazy accolades and opportunities despite not even having a proper full-length or EP out, but the band, who play a distilled amalgamation of post-hardcore, post-rock, and ambient. Not that the description I just gave is necessarily reflecting of future material from the band – the band’s recent interview w/Dead Press Zine seems to reveal otherwise.
DP!: Would you say the two songs indicate the spectrum of the Holding Absence sound?
J: Absolutely not. Over the next few months and even years, the spectrum is going to get wider and wider. We have a very varied taste in music within the band; one minute we’ll be listening to Nails, the next minute Radiohead, the next minute The 1975. We also love the idea of experimentation within music. We’d love to work with an array of different producers, we’d love to pick up new instruments, and we’d love to try and break any genre confinements.
No matter what direction the band heads in stylistically, though, one thing is for sure – Holding Absence appears to follow in the footsteps of their peers in Landscapes and Casey in creating passionate, emotionally vulnerable music that stirs the soul – and in Holding Absence’s case, straying from the genre conventions you’re used to. If nothing else, they’re clearly a band that’s driven to make their mark, despite being around less than a year.
– This Is Holding Absence.