About a month ago, I started receiving PR about Holy Sons, which is a solo project from the multi-instrumental talent Emil Amos of Grails and Om. Amos will be releasing The Fact Facer in late September via Thrill Jockey Records and, while I haven't heard actual tracks from the album just yet, interesting pseudo-covers of punk tracks emerged that I thought were worth checking out. Also included is "More Therapy," which is a Holy Sons original.
All info, links and sounds come courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records.
Hear Holy Sons bonus tracks featuring covers of hardcore legends Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Slapshot
Brand new Holy Sons album 'The Fact Facer' on 22nd September
Holy Sons is Emil Amos, a musician whose chameleonic tendencies and technical versatility has lead to him becoming an in demand multi-instrumentalist as a founding member of Grails and Lilacs & Champagne, as well as a member of Om.
The Fact Facer, his Thrill Jockey Records debut out on 22nd September, bathes Emil's thoughtful, and even at times philosophical, songs in technicolor darkness, and reinforces Holy Sons as his musical centerpiece.
A hugely prolific artist, in the last couple of weeks Emil has been releasing bonus tracks including covers of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Slapshot, giving each his own twist and changing the dynamics on them. While "More Therapy" his own original track showcases his songwriting skills. The Metro called More Therapy a "characteristically frank, darkly compelling expression of his troubled soul". Listen/download all four bonus tracks below:
Breakdown (On the Beach) (Black Flag cover):
Beverly Hills (Circle Jerks cover):
Addiction (Slapshot cover):
More Therapy (bonus track):
The Fact Facer will be released on 22nd September in Europe and will be available on CD / LP / DL. Pre-order the album from the Thrill Jockey mailorder store HERE
The Fact Facer tracklist:
1. Doomed Myself
2. Line Me Back Up
3. Transparent Powers
4. Selfish Thoughts
5. All Too Free
6. Wax Gets in Your Eyes
7. Life Could Be a Dream
8. Long Days
9. No Self Respect
10. Back Down to the Tombs
11. The Fact Facer
Holy Sons/Emil Amos on:
Facebook / Twitter / Official Website
Holy Sons is at the center of his many musical personalities and is his longest standing project, acting as an outlet for some of his most personal and direct songs. In Holy Sons, Amos puts his restless imagination to work using a variety of inventive home recording methods to turn melodic slow-burners into multi-layered, atmospheric missives. While his methods and prolificacy provide a kinship with Sebadoh, Ariel Pink and other musicians who have offered countless transmissions from their bedroom floor, Holy Sons comes from the mind of someone who has internalized the minutia of 70s rock music and eschews the stereotypical lo-fi sound for a much deeper and more varied palate. The Fact Facer, his Thrill Jockey debut, bathes Amos’ thoughtful, and even at times philosophical, songs in technicolor darkness, and reinforces Holy Sons as his musical centerpiece.
The songs on The Fact Facer creep up on the listener, their fiercely addictive melodies unraveling slowly and purposefully. Jumping smoothly between many facets of Amos’ songwriting, the album does much to establish him as a talented multi-instrumentalist. From the lysergic leads of “Selfish Thoughts”” to the Danny Kirwan referencing solos of “Transparent Powers” and the skillful acoustic flourishes of “The Fact Facer,” Amos proves himself as adept and creative a guitarist as he is a drummer. It is telling that Amos has built up two Holy Sons bands simultaneously: one based in Portland and one based in New York. Wherever the wind takes him, there are musicians willing to pick up their instruments and follow his lead.
Amos currently resides in Brooklyn, where he recorded the majority of The Fact Facer. He plans to tour the US later this year, solo and with one of his two backing bands.
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