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Neu! Wave Interpreters: Holy Wave’s “Interloper”

June 29, 2020 – This week, Austin psychedelic dream-pop band, Holy Wave release their fifth LP ‘Interloper.’ The record’s blueprint reveals a heady brew of synth-heavy, psyched-out harmonies perfect for your next kite flying adventure. Holy Wave’s unorthodox compositions defy the verse-chorus-verse conventions of everyday pop, unless you subscribe to the Brian Wilson school of dude-groovery.

Shrewd listeners may hear swirling reverberations of Atlas Sound and Pink Floyd. Wash that down with a gulp of Neu!-tinged cough syrup and you have Holy Wave’s ‘Interloper’, available on splatter or white vinyl. Your choice, Daddio. Choose wisely.


Holy Wave’s unorthodox compositions defy the verse-chorus-verse conventions of everyday pop, unless you subscribe to the Brian Wilson school of dude-groovery

Without question, ‘Interloper’ is the product of expert engineering; however, this album shines when the band emerges, un-obscured by clouds, sinking into bass-driven psych outs. Interloper is a deliberate, if not slightly ungainly, collection of 10 new tracks. Openers, “Schmetterling” and “R&B” invoke a tamer impala, gently pacing into the Floydian title-track, “Interloper”. Each track builds to the album’s pulsing, easy-to-reach peak, “I’m not Living in the Past Anymore”. Side two’s, “Hell Bastards” is Interloper’s best, my favorite track, and destined for college airwaves and hip-cat webcasts.

Retro psych futurists, Holy Wave are the band of the present. Dig on jump-cuts, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9. RIYL: Deerhunter, Pink Floyd, Neu!, and all things Levitation. Available on Reverberation Appreciation Society on July 3, 2020.

Great Lakes Reverberation. John J. Callahan, PhD. POW/WCSB Joining POW In the summer of love, 2019, John Callahan, co-host of the Friday Night Rock Rotation, has been a conspicuous presence on WCSB for 15 years. John is known for spinning modern psych in the vein of Velvet Underground, Spacemen 3, and the Brian Jonestown Massacre (BJM). Interviews of his favorite artists are also his thing. The Magnetic Fields, Dream Syndicate, Black Angels, and Dandy Warhols have all shared the airwaves of the Rock Rotation. John’s first review/interview dates back to 1991 when he shot the chit-chat with shoegaze legends Chris Acland and Emma Anderson of Lush. Today it's spacing out with Fuxa, Pontiak, and Kim Gordon for the love of all things rock ‘n’ roll. It’s coffee over Moon Duo as he plots his next interviews with the Warlocks, Stereolab, and King Khan. Oh yeah, Dr. Callahan is a life long special education teacher, swimmer, and Dad. You can find his super-sharp wife and family leading the way into Cleveland-area record stores and flower gardens.