Heavy experimental collective of five Loathe and Cardiff ascending post-hardcore group Holding Absence are pleased to announce an exciting new collaborative project.
Each band will be contributing 2 brand new studio tracks to a split EP titled ‘This Is As One‘ out February 16th via SharpTone Records.
Both bands are today premiering videos for new EP tracks! Make sure you check those out at the locations below:
Loathe and Holding Absence first officially met when they toured the UK together in April of this year with Blood Youth, bonding over their shared common principals as well as a respect for each other’s music and vision. Despite what some might see as fairly big sonic differences between both bands, Loathe and HoldingAbsence hold a lot more in common than one might see at a first glance. They both felt a camaraderie build after the Blood Youth tour, and partially inspired by the way the sun is currently rising on the British underground scene, they both felt encouraged to act upon their growing friendship – spotting a creative opportunity before them. Once the project had kicked into full motion both bands threw themselves at it with full creative force.
Lucas Woodland of Holding Absence commented on the process of working on the EP:
“On the EP we’ve tried to embrace the more natural side of our music and not overthink things. It was a very interesting process. We rate Loathe very highly as a creative entity, and I think we resonate together as bands strongly through the way we both regard our own music/art. So it was nice to see all nine members very interested and driven to make this release a thing. On top of that, seeing the inner-workings of another band was eye-opening in a great way. It was a very enriching experience.”
Erik Bickerstaff of Loathe also commented:
“We couldn’t imagine ourselves doing this sort of release alongside anyone else at the moment, so it was definitely a smooth and easy process. We love Holding Absence for everything it is, not just for their music. The EP is something we have wanted to do for a while without doubt. Progression was the main source of inspiration for us, we took this opportunity to really push the boundaries of our music and craft two new songs that are heading in more of a defined direction for our music.”
‘This Is As One‘ EP was recorded at G1 Productions in Wells UK, produced by George Lever.
The tracklisting for ‘This Is As One‘ EP reads as follows:
White Hot (Loathe)
Servant and Master (Loathe)
Saint Cecilia (Holding Absence)
Everything (Holding Absence)
(1) White Hot (Loathe)
(2) Servant and Master (Loathe)
(3) It’s Yours (Live – Loathe)
(4) Saint Cecilia (Holding Absence)
(5) Everything (Holding Absence)
(6) Permanent (Live – Holding Absence)
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Loathe and Holding Absence have also today announced a co-headline tour consisting of ten UK shows!
Tickets for the shows will go on sale Wednesday 6th December @ 10.00am gmt
28/02 UK Bristol – Thekla
01/03 UK Manchester – Star and Garter
02/03 UK Glasgow – Audio
03/03 UK Newcastle – Think Tank
04/03 UK Leeds – Key Club
06/03 UK Nottingham – Bodega
07/03 UK Birmingham – Asylum
08/03 UK London – Boston Music Room
09/03 UK Bournemouth – The Anvil
10/03 UK Bridgend – Hobos