Typically we like to save our "exclamation points" until the end of a post title...to conjure up how stoked we are about what is new, what we just saw, and the like. But in the case of Holy Ghost!, the punctuation comes sooner than later, and hell, we're A-OK with that because it's almost like we're telling you how freaking psyched we were to be at their live band debut this past Saturday, May 15, without getting to the end of the sentence. Yep...so excited!
We've been fans of HG! for, hell we'll say it, going on three years or so now. And generally speaking, we'd only caught them live in a strict DJ setting, where their concoction of dancey disco-pop and rock always left us drenched in sweat and with a super big smile slapped on our faces.
Enter Saturday night at Tribeca's Under 100...a basement space worthy of hosting exactly that number of people. With over double that figure crammed into the dark room, boys, girls, label mates and beasts alike all gathered for the New Yorkers' live band debut. Beginning just after midnight, the sweaty and sardine-like crowd were treated to the band's opening chords...full of lush and plush sounds that had everyone dancing through the rub ups and downs of the tight quarters.
Running the gamut of songs you've all heard and loved, like Hold On, Say My Name and Static on the Wire, Holy Ghost! were backed on vocals by Chris Glover (Penguin Prison) before being joined by Chairlift's Caroline Polachek for the finale, I Know I Hear.