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Song You Need to Know: Holy Holy, ‘The Aftergone (Lockdown Version)’

With their new album out tomorrow, Holy Holy have teamed up with CLEWS to offer a stunning intimate rendition of their recent single.

Simon Eeles*

With just mere hours to go until the release of their new album, Hello My Beautiful World, Holy Holy have unveiled a special stripped-back, live lockdown version of their recent single, “The Aftergone”.

Releasing the original version of the single just last month, the track saw the group teaming up with The Presets’ Kim Moyes to give it a push into electronic territory, while sibling duo (and previous tourmates) CLEWS joined to add their own unique voices to the song.

“The future has been feeling particularly uncertain lately,” Tim Carroll said of the single’s lyrics. “The world we thought we knew is not there anymore. This song is an acknowledgement of what that feels like. Maybe things are always like that. Maybe every generation has this experience, and this is just our story to live through.”

Rather fittingly, with the world indeed seeming like a shadow of its former self, both Carroll and bandmate Oscar Dawson have become working remotely – a noted necessity in today’s environment. Armed with the ability to record both audio and video from their respective hometowns, the pair have emerged from the monotony of almost nation-wide lockdowns to share the stripped back live version of “The Aftergone”.

“We’ve always lived in different states, for as long as the band has existed,” Dawson explains. “So we’ve had some practise at working remotely; this is another example of that.”

“Oscar recorded his parts at home in the Mornington Peninsula, I recorded mine in Launceston – working from the studio of Jack McLaine from Sumner,” adds Carroll. “CLEWS recorded in their podcast recording studio in Sydney. It’s nice to get a chance to hear the songs stripped back like this. You get to lean more into the song structure and core melodies.”

“Also, whilst we’re locked down, things just happen,” concludes Dawson. “I get bored, so videos like these just sort of… emanate.”

Fans of the band are undoubtedly glad that creations like this have indeed emanated, with the performance proving that even the tyranny of distance can’t hold back a band such as Holy Holy.

Additionally, the live nature of the recordings used in the clip also give fans an example of what they just might expect when Holy Holy manage to hit the road for their album tour this November, with details available below.

Holy Holy’s Hello My Beautiful World will be released on August 20th, with pre-orders available now.

Holy Holy Hello My Beautiful World Tour

Supported by Queen P* and Hayley Mary**
and special appearances by CLEWS

Thursday, November 5th
Astor Theatre, Perth, WA (LIC/AA)*

Saturday, November 6th
The River, Margaret River, WA (18+)*

Sunday, November 7th
Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA (18+)*

Thursday, November 11th
Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC (18+)*

Friday, November 12th
Pier Hotel, Frankston, VIC (18+)*

Saturday, November 13th (Early Show)
Forum, Melbourne, VIC (18+)**

Saturday, November 13th (Late Show)
Forum, Melbourne, VIC (18+)**

Wednesday, November 17th
UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT (18+)**

Thursday, November 18th
Waves, Towradgi, NSW (18+)**

Friday, November 19th
Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW (18+)**

Saturday, November 20th
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW (LIC/AA)**

Thursday, November 25th
Miami Marketta, Miami, QLD (18+)**

Friday, November 26th
Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD (18+)**

Wednesday, December 1st
Leichhardt Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD (18+)*

Thursday, December 2nd
Seabreeze, Mackay, QLD (18+)*

Friday, December 3rd
Townsville Uni Bar, Townsville, QLD (18+)*

Saturday, December 4th
Gilligans, Cairns, QLD (18+)*

Friday, December 10th
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA (18+)*

Saturday, December 11th
Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS (18+)*

Sunday, December 21st
Albert Hall, Launceston, TAS (18+)*

Tickets on sale now via the Holy Holy website