If you asked the Holiday Electric, a NYC-based band who intertwines energetic, post punk and classic rock influences, what the word ‘escape’ means to them, their answer would be LOUD and clear.
For T.H.E., the reinvigorating jolt of electric energy they receive from plugging in, turning up and rocking out defines the band’s very existence and is unabashedly showcased on their newest release, ‘Now.’ The Holiday Electric initially formed in 2009 when longtime friends and collaborators, former Warner Brothers singer/songwriter Chris Woods and guitarist Don Henry, reconnected in NYC for an impromptu jam session as a therapeutic reprieve from their nine-to-fives. Grounded by their common NJ roots and a shared affinity for the simple ingenuity and aggressive music of punk/post punk bands of the mid to late 90’s, the two quickly began recording new material in Chris’s home studio. As Chris recalls, “Something clicked instantly in those early sessions, the ideas flowed freely and we knew that we were onto something.” The band’s vibrant early demos soon caught the ear of multi-platinum producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank) who ultimately worked with the band on their fiery debut album, ‘Ripper.’ Shortly after its successful release, which featured prominent placements on multiple MTV and other popular television programs, the band was forced into a period of relative inactivity-- all the while plotting a return to the rock when life’s sudden, challenging circumstances would adequately permit. Fast forward to late 2016. Ignited by a spontaneous decision to throw on tape some of the unexpected experiences life has thrown at them, the Holiday Electric are back with their sophomore release, a powerful and energetic rock declaration titled ‘Now.’ It’s not surprising that “Now” was spawned from episodic rehearsals during the band’s unanticipated hiatus that quickly progressed into creative free-for-alls reminiscent of the members’ formative years in the NJ indie music scene. As the band’s name implies, these ‘electric’ sessions again provided them with a therapeutic and transcendent ‘holiday’ from the familiar daily grind we all experience. With their refreshing blend of both classic rock and seminal post punk influences, the Holiday Electric’s humble advice to itself-- seize the day and pursue your passion, is prominently on display throughout the EP’s five surging, guitar-driven tracks. Mixed by Marc McClusky (Weezer, Bad Religion, Motion City Soundtrack) and mastered by Chris Athens (Coldplay, Drake, Johnny Cash), the release’s sonic identity complements and convincingly drives this message of urgency home. “Initially, I think we kind of envisioned this visceral, almost post-punk resurgence thing,” remembers Don. “But, you know, as the sessions progressed Chris began overlaying all of these interesting classic rock vibes into the arrangements and we just really started running with that interpretation of the genre.” T.H.E. has not stopped running since, using this distinctive recipe to sculpt an identifiable wall of sound all their own. “At the end of the day, we are addicted to the process of making music. That dependable escape has always been there and defines a big part of who we are, and we are past trying to figure out why,” notes Chris. “100%” approves Don. “We just strive to convey that in an accessible way and to offer listeners a similar escape through our music.”