HOT OFF THE HEELS OF THEIR HAND-STAMPED LIMITED EDITION FULL LENGTH “THE SEA” THE VEGAS FOUR PIECE RETURNS WITH AN ALL NEW EP WITH SONGS THAT COULD HAVE MADE IT ONTO “THE SEA” BUT FOR WHATEVER REASON…DIDN’T.
SURE, drugstore LAS VEGAS WEEKLY GAVE THE BAND THE “BEST LAS VEGAS LIVE BAND” AWARD TWO YEARS IN A ROW, BUT DON’T LET THAT FOOL YOU. THEY’RE ACTUALLY REALLY FUCKING HUMBLE. IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT THEY ROCK SHOWS FROM LA TO PHILLY OR THAT THEIR LYRICS MAKE PEOPLE THINK: “OH YEAH. OH HELL YEAH.”
When you think of musical entertainment in Las Vegas, there’s a pretty good (or bad) chance that you’re conjuring up images of Beatles tributes bands, performers in drag, or heaven forbid, Celine Dion. Well, if this describes you, you can extract yourself from the turnip truck right now.
Holding Onto Sound (or HOTS) are stalwarts of the Vegas music scene and over the last eight years have honed their brand of progressive punk rock to a fine edge. The music is filled with intensity and sincerity alongside its punk rock core. The band elicits a comparison to bands like Dead to Me and American Steel, but with enough distinction that you’d not want to pass over one for the other.
The Tempest is the bands newest release and provides three tracks of the aforementioned intense and sincere punk rock. In just about 9 minutes you get a showcase of some of the best efforts for HOTS that I’ve heard to date. If you get a chance, check out their live show. The band plays fairly frequently around the West and of course, Las Vegas.
… and while I know that it is only a 7” with a sparse three tracks, and sure, that probably won’t fill you up, instead, they give you enough to leave you wanting more.
Holding Onto Sound delivers a new seven-inch with as much power and energy as their live gigs. Vocalist Bennett Mains kicks the album off with his distinct voice on full blast, and he sounds fucking phenomenal. All three tracks — “Consuming Daylight,” “The Mechanic,” and “Seahorses” — are well thought out and smash into your brain with all of the familiar sounds that we love from HOTS.
“The Mechanic” is the tightest track on the EP — as described in the review for their 2011 full-length The Sea, HOTS style is reminiscent of “orgcore, but they have introduced upstrokes one would expect from ska” — this high-light track exhibits their unique style and the insanity of Bennett, Bob Gates, and Zabi Naqshband, with Vanessa Tidwell’s madness on the drums.
Even if you never play the seven-inch, the beautiful cover art on this special press is worth the price.