In The Flesh! Holy Holy @ The Triffid, Brisbane


Review by Georgia Corpe
Photos by Bobby Rein

After a successful 2015, Holy Holy are punching 2016 in the mother-flippin’ face by endeavouring on a national tour for A Heroine, a single released at the end of last year off the back of their debut record When the Storms Would Come. We are catching the fellas in Brisbane tonight, the last show of the tour.

For starters, it is f*%king hot tonight. Like devil’s arsehole hot. So for Holy Holy to be selling out at The Triffid tonight on this hot, moist eve there must be something magical about their live show. Either that, or Tim Carroll and Oscar Dawson are renowned for their rain-dance techniques. We couldn’t wait to find out what all the fuss is about. Copyright Bobby Rein 2016

A bell rings out amongst the beer garden to notify the sweaty brew drinkers that Holy Holy are about to take to the stage and we all begin to swarm into the tightly packed stage room. The house air conditioner would soon be known as the little engine that could.

The Melbourne/Brisbane/Launceston based band start off proceedings with crowd pleaser If I Were You. In an effort to show off the musical chops of drummer Ryan Strathie, formally of retired Brisbane act Hungry Kids of Hungary, Holy Holy transform the song into Strathie’s masterpiece, accentuating the percussion and even chucking a seamlessly fitting drum solo into the mix. The set continues into a lovely balance of indie rock goodness, pleasing them moist punters, including crackers such as Sentimental and Monday, Outside of the Heart of It, History and of course A Heroine.Copyright Bobby Rein 2016

Regardless of how you feel about Holy Holy, you cannot fault their individual musical talent; combining Dawson’s faultless guitar workmanships together with Carroll’s smooth and eloquent vocal tones, it is a duo made in heaven and transpires seamlessly into a live setting. 

Taking out the evening with a poignant cover of David Bowie’s Star Man and the bands ever so popular tune You Cannot Call for Love Like a Dog, reminding the packed out room of why these guys are definitely ones to watch in 2016.


Keeping in tour’s tradition, Holy Holy please punters with a cover of Phil Collins’ Another Day In Paradise, bringing out support act Olympia for some help on vocals. For a crowd that is slightly older than your average Saturday night out in The Valley, it went off. Good choice fellas.

Bobby Rein

Bobby is one of Bear Family's earliest family members. He has a sweet beard and likes to take photos, sing songs and brew the occasional beer. If you see him at a show, give him a cuddle.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *