ritual bloom: The Holy Knives' Debut EP Is Sexy AF

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DANIELA RIOJAS
  • Daniela Riojas

OK, so when these guys showed up on the scene a few years ago, I thought to myself, “Greaaaaat, another indie rock band that sounds like everyone else.” And while I was probably just sipping way too much Haterade that day (I was, and I’m sorry), I’ve been completely blown away by these boys.

Composed of Kody Valentine (vocals, guitar), Kyle Valentine (guitar), Skyler Ellis (drums), Mauricio Vazquez (bass) this quartet have grown into an outfit that showcases their stellar creativity throughout their entire catalog of music, which in turn has made them a local favorite.

Formerly known as Levees, The Holy Knives kind of are your archetypal indie rock band, but they introduce just the right amount of pop aesthetic and psychedelic textures to stay above the crest of this current wave of monotonous indie music.

While this may sound like a dig at the band, it’s not. Here at the Current we’re flooded with emails from artists and bands asking us to review their work and while sometimes there’s just not enough time to write about all of it, the Holy Knives’ debut EP Ritual Bloom (stylized ritual bloom) is certainly worth some attention.

The EP opens with “Everyday,” a desert-daze, laid back track punctuated with staccato, electric piano chords and reverberating surf-esque guitar-tones that seem to act as a harmonizing voice alongside Kory Valentine’s lead post-punk croons. Easily my favorite track on the record, “Everyday” is the kind of song you’d buy the entire CD for regardless if you’ve heard the rest of the album or not. Luckily for us, ritual bloom continues at the same caliber as the opening track, pulling listeners through carved archways of sexy, echoing indie rock that you could make love to, smoke some weed to, dance along with, or, you know, all three. The third track, “Do You Ever Run," for instance, starts in with a relatively fast electronic dance beat that builds into a dramatic chord progressions and fully shape-shifts into an indie dance track in the vein of Foals or Two Door Cinema Club, while still retaining the integrity of a rock band.

Like we said, while The Holy Knives could easily show up on a mix next to bands like (insert your favorite indie rock band you discovered last week on Spotify) they’re just different enough to set themselves apart from the heard of new bands flooding your music channels. Their songs are a touch psychedelic, slightly melancholy and contain enough pop melodies to get you singing along; it’s not over produced, definitely more rock leaning than pop, and if ritual blooms is the first offering from these cats, we can’t wait to see what else these guys put out next.

Listen to the entire album below:

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