The Holy Ones is a progressive garage rock/psychedelic dark pop quartet from Helsinki, Finland.
Their music floats through the sounds of the 60s and the 70s psychedelic garage rock, reaching the atmospheres of hard-rock, punk and dark pop of the 70s and the 80s. While you might sense influences such as, among many others, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Kingston Wall, Blue Öyster Cult, The Stooges, The Doors, QOTSA, TSOOL you can still catch the original heart of The Holy Ones’ sound.
The story of The Holy Ones dates back to the early spring 2016 in Helsinki, when Aku Raivio/drums (Nollaseiska, No Direction, The Noir Brigade) asked Japa/guitar (Private Line, The Salvation, The Noir Brigade) to try out some songs he’d been working on. They both had previously played in a Helsinki-based garage punk band, The Noir Brigade. Aku had already hooked up with an old friend Täxi Roxx/vocals (Freaks Of The Revolution, State Of Perfection). So eventually, ”The Holy Ones” were born in September 2016, when the trio first started rehearsing together. The last piece in the puzzle was to find a bass player who would fit into the group. Täxi suggested Juuso Salmi (Angelina Gracie, Maihinnousu, Ilkan Patsas) who was a bass player in his solo-project. After Juuso had completed his first rehearsals, the puzzle of The Holy Ones was complete.
2017 was spent jamming together with new song ideas and discovering the live sound of the band. This led to the conclusion of recording the whole debut album live at the rehearsal studio. Only vocals were recorded afterwards.
The first single ”…and Still they Ride” was released (digital) in May 2018. This single represents the ”dark psychedelic garage pop” sound of the upcoming The Holy Ones album. The band played their first live show in August 2018, in Semifinal, Helsinki and was praised with great reviews from the audience.
The second single and video, ”Shine”, was released worldwide in September 2018, in all major digital stores and streaming services.
Third and the most epic single/video "The Calm" from the upcoming album will be released 7th of December 2018.
The Holy Ones debut album will be out early in 2019.
THE HOLY ONES
Vocals – Täxi
Guitars – Japa
Bass – Juuso
Drums & Percussion – Aku
Music & Lyrics: The Holy Ones
Produced: Japa & The Holy Ones
Recorded: Tanu Kallio
Mixed: Tanu Kallio & Japa
Mastered: Jarno Alho / Alho Audio Mastering
Released by: Trad.Records 2018.
"...and Still They Ride" & “Shine” cover photo & edit ©: Japa
The Holy Ones & Shine logo: Petrus Manner/ © The Holy Ones 2018.