One of Australiaâ€™s most beloved groups Holy Holy return with a bold new single â€“ Messed Up featuring rapper Kwame â€“ a song unlike anything they have released before.
The track arrives with a striking video directed by Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore and is the first taste of Holy Holyâ€™s forthcoming as-yet-untitled fifth album, which will feature surprise collaborations with an iconic Australian dance music duo, local and international hip hop artists, and more.
â€œAt first we wondered, is this a Holy Holy song?â€ says Oscar Dawson, production whiz and multi-instrumentalist for the perennially buzzy, ARIA double platinum-certified act.
â€œBut once we finished making Messed Up with Kwame, I think it was undeniable,â€ says Tim Carroll, Holy Holy singer and guitarist. â€œIt makes me feel things and works on a bunch of different levels.â€
Messed Up is a daring move by the group. An arpeggiated synth floats under Kwameâ€™s confessional lyrics before the rapper throws the shackles off and purges the line â€œBeing with you feels so damn messed up!â€, launching the track into a drum â€˜nâ€™ bass beast at 180 beats per minute.
Holy Holy first met Kwame while they were working in a Sydney studio on a different track with rising Australian rapper Tasman Keith. The interaction went so well, Dawson and Carroll sent him home with some instrumentals they had been tinkering on for some time.
Less than 24 hours later, Kwame sent them his vocal ideas over an instrumental labelled Messed Up â€“ a song the pair had previously been unable to progress. They knew they were onto something and flew the Sydney artist down to Dawsonâ€™s new studio in Rye in regional Victoria to complete the track.
â€œThe synergy between the three of us was amazing,â€ beams Kwame.
Fans can witness that chemistry when Holy Holy bring Kwame along for a national tour taking in capital cities and regional areas, along with previous collaborators Clews and upcoming artist Medhanit.
With a reputation as one of Australiaâ€™s best live acts, Holy Holy will debut new material alongside favourites from their top 5 ARIA Album ‘Hello My Beautiful World’ and their growing catalogue of hits including True Lovers, Maybe You Know, Teach Me About Dying and Sentimental and Monday.
HOLY HOLY â€“ MESSED UP TOUR
w/ Kwame, Clews* & Medhanit**
Fan presale tickets on sale 10am AEDT Monday 6th March – SIGN UP
General on-sale 10am AEDT Tuesday 7th March – TICKET LINK
FRI 14 APR â€“ UOW â€“ WOLLONGONG*
SAT 15 APR â€“ CAMBRIDGE â€“ NEWCASTLE*
THU 27 APR â€“ MIAMI MARKETTA â€“ GOLD COAST*
FRI 28 APR â€“ PRINCESS THEATRE â€“ BRISBANE*
THU 04 MAY â€“ TORQUAY HOTEL â€“ TORQUAY*
FRI 05 MAY â€“ NORTHCOTE THEATRE â€“ MELBOURNE*
FRI 19 MAY â€“ THE GOV – ADELAIDE*
SAT 20 MAY â€“ FREO SOCIAL – FREMANTLE*
SUN 21 MAY â€“ THE RIVER â€“ MARGARET RIVER*
FRI 26 MAY â€“ KAMBRI â€“ CANBERRA**
SAT 27 MAY – LIBERTY HALL â€“ SYDNEY**
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