Holy Moly & The Crackers are a seven-piece “gypsy-folk-rock” band from the UK: “They are a bunch of wild gypsy troubadours with more than a touch of magic about them” (Diva). Over the last three years they have been furiously touring and writing; developing their live show and written material. This year they are set to unleash their new album, the culmination of their hard work:
The first single, Cold Comfort Lane, was released on 7th April 2017. Written by Rosie Bristow (accordion) and Ruth Patterson (vocals), it is a lyrical evocation of the back-bar poker dens and the burlesque and jazz joints of the whiskey and guns era but on modern punk/indie steroids, reminiscent of The Zutons and with a touch of the Artic Monkeys: Ruth Patterson sings “She’s got you in her sights” with an Alex Turner-esque, lip-curling snarl. The track was produced by Matt Terry (The Enemy), mixed by Gethin Pearson (Mallory Knox) and mastered by Nigel Watson (Scissor Sisters) and is to be self-released on the band’s Pink Lane Records.
Listen to Cold Comfort Lane below:
In April, the band set out on an 18-date tour of the UK to promote their new single, and tracks from the album (release date to be announced): A limited print 7” vinyl of Cold Comfort Lane and B-side track, Hallelujah Amen, will be available to buy at the shows. Surely they are one of hardest working bands on the circuit with a growing and loyal fan base, quickly building a reputation as a ferocious and visceral live act. Over the last two years they have toured the UK extensively, and made impressive debuts in France, Germany and Holland. Their festival appearances include Glastonbury (Avalon Main Stage), Hop Farm (Bread & Roses Main Stage), Cornbury (Main Stage), Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair, Wilderness, Larmer Tree, Kendal Calling, Underneath The Stars, Belladrum, Just So plus many more.
Influenced by an electric and eclectic range of folk and popular music, Holy Moly & The Crackers are a moonshine mix of genre and have developed a unique and compelling sound - “We throw a whole load of genres into the mix. We describe ourselves as “gypsy-folk-rock”, but that’s a very loose term. And we’re changing and developing all the time. There’s a big beat; we like to make people dance. But, at the same time, the songs are built around narrative - I guess that’s why we’d class ourselves as a folk band, we like to tell stories” (Holy Moly & The Crackers)
April UK Tour dates:
25 – Cambridge, The Junction (2)
26 – Manchester, Gullivers HQ
27 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
28 – York, The Crescent
29 – Watch Festival
30 – Cockermouth, Kirkgate Centre
12 May – Oxford, The Old Firestation