Generating thick layers of sound that twist and turn through a complex labyrinth of reverb and echo, Holy Wave are a garage-psych band originally from El Paso, Texas who uphold the Lone Star State's long-standing reputation for top-notch lysergic sounds.
Featuring multi-instrumentalists Ryan Fuson, Kyle Hager, Julián Ruiz, Joey Cook, and Dustin Zozaya, Holy Wave were formed in 2008 when Hager and Ruiz decided to leave their hometown for the more musically friendly environment of Austin; the musicians first drove from El Paso to Santa Monica, California to catch a rare show by My Bloody Valentine, and then made their way back to their new hometown. After making a name for themselves in Austin (and becoming regular guests at the annual Austin Psych Fest), they released their first LP in 2011, Knife Hits (the title comes from their favored method of smoking hashish). In 2012, Holy Wave released an EP, The Evil Has Landed, and these first two releases were paired on a 2013 collection called Evil Hits. In early 2014, Holy Wave issued their second proper album, simply titled Relax. It was released by the partnership of the Reverberation Appreciation Society and Burger Records. The next year they issued The Evil Has Landed, Pt. 2, a collection of B-sides from Relax and demos for their next record, Freaks of Nurture. That album was produced by the band and Erik Wofford, and was released by the Reverberation Appreciation Society in early 2016. The group set out on tour afterward, making their usual appearance at the Levitation Festival in Austin and recording a Fuzz Club session in London that was released in early 2017. The band spent the year touring with Hope Sandoval and working on their fourth album. The more relaxed and hazy Adult Fear was released by the band in March of 2018. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi