With their sophomore album PAINT, the follow-up to 2015’s sonic hurricane of a debut album When The Storms Would Come, just a couple of days away, we asked duo Holy Holy to share with us the albums that changed their lives. Attempting to narrow down such a difficult question into just three is frontman Tim Carroll.
The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
One of my first memories of listening to music was sitting in my underpants listening to a cassette of this record on my dad’s Walkman. I used to get pots and pans from the kitchen and drag them into my room to make a drum kit.
At the time I was so young, I didn’t really understand what it was and I couldn’t conceive that it had to be made. It just was. And I loved it.
Jeff Buckley, Grace
A masterpiece. Jeff Buckley was that rarest of things; a voice like no other. A master of the guitar, his playing interesting and technical and also effortless and natural. He could take someone else’s song and make it more than it had ever been and he could write a song to match the greats. On Grace, his performances and vocal takes are astounding. Crazy-wild and unimaginably controlled all at once.
In high school, there was a time when Grace was all I listened to. It was a diet of sorts. In a way, he reminds me of an artist he liked to cover – Nina Simone – both so singular.
PJ Harvey, Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
Someone gave me a burnt CD of this record in high school. Handed it to me in my uniform in the heat of a Brisbane summer. I took it home and fell in love. This record was a whole world and PJ Harvey was God. It was the kind of record you could listen to an endless number of times, which I did.
With guest vocals from Thom Yorke on This Mess We’re In, what is one of the best duets in history, Stories From The City showed me what was possible.
PAINT is out Friday via Wonderlick/Sony