You’ve just finished the last of your stiff drink at your favorite bar – they’ve got that ice rail that keeps your drink cold and the tables are made of rich mahogany. The day was a bit rough, but nothing out of the ordinary; things just never seem to want to go your way… ever. You close the tab, tip the bartender extra for putting up with you and your moping, and you head outside.

Sheets of rain are coming down with the speed of a machine gun; the neon signs across the street and beside you even more lambent shrouded in Mother Earth’s tears. You drove here, but you’re too toasty to get behind the wheel. You button up your trench coat to protect your favorite suit, and you start the long, exposed, walk home; you feel empowered because you feel like this is what some protagonist would do. Sure you could have called a cab, but that costs money and you just feel like walking. You pull out your iPhone and start playing “More Therapy,” that bonus track from the upcoming The Fact Facer you downloaded for free this morning. As you listen to it for the first time, you find that while the title may be fitting to your situation, the lyrics strike you like lightning; it’s like Emil Amos knew this was going to happen.

“I’ll do anything I can… to get the blood pumping in my veins again.”

Check out Holy Sons’ punk covers + “More Therapy” below and see what you think of them. As you’ll notice, you can download them for free. Cheers!

 

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The Details

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 throughout the fall, solo and with one of his two backing bands.

Price $16

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