photographer credit: Arthur Kohl-Riggs
Listen to “Can You Feel It?“
Holy Sheboygan recently announced the upcoming release of their new album Four, a vivid mix of experimental folk, Americana, and collaborative studio manipulation. Due out March 3rd, 2017, Four is the latest installment in a series of albums built around traditional songwriting and the freedom to explore. The band’s self described “garbage folk” puts a whole new spin on eclecticism, offering a unique world of art-rock and Americana that veers into droning passages, rhythmic onslaughts, orchestral pop, and the fringes of punk. GoldFlakePaint are sharing “Can You Feel It?,” the album’s opening track, an enthusiastic call to “stop and smell the roses”.
GoldFlakePaint said, “the rhythms wind themselves around the flourishing gang vocals in a heady whirl of colour that feels suitably, and somewhat deliberately primal.”
Speaking about “Can You Feel It?,” the band shared, “People love to wax rhapsodic about the forces that bind the universe together, but the very discussion of these forces is contradictory as they are essentially indescribable. This songs encourages us to quit talking about it and just “feel it”.”
Four was written while the band were living and working at The Wormfarm Institute organic farm in Reedsburg, WI and produced by Tenament’s Amos Pitsch. The whole objective of the record was for Holy Sheboygan to draw inspiration from their routine on the farm, and the land around them, and write whatever they felt like based on that. So, while the songs sound quite different from one another, the source of inspiration and “thematic material” between them was shared.
March 3, 2017
1. Can You Feel It?
3. Could’ve Been
5. Oh Heavy
6. Born Of Man
“Beautifully composed folk music serves as the thread which weaves through the quirky vocals … The eventual percussion breakdown is all-encompassing, and we’re ensnared by the sound.” – Impose
Holy Sheboygan may be the most collaborative band you’ve ever heard. All of their decisions, however creative or mundane, are made unanimously. They put their heads together and draw on a wide array of influences from artists like Califone to Harry Parch, to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. They create tape noise from found sounds, whether recorded near home or stumbled upon at a thrift store. They bring together a hoard of musical instruments, they collected their percussion from the abundant dumpsters of Wisconsin, they sing in and out of unison or with lush harmonies, and they’ve crafted a sound that is entirely their own.
Speaking about the band, mixing engineer Mike Noyce (Bon Iver, The Tallest Man on Earth), who worked with them on Four, shared:
“Holy Sheboygan manages what would appear impossible by straddling a host of seemingly disparate worlds. They are an experimental art collective. They are an indie rock band. They are all highly capable songwriters and gifted players. They are the most collaborative band I’ve met. Music is rarely so visceral, so raw. I’ve honestly never heard one album successfully manage such a wide array of styles. Holy Sheboygan have the most wonderful disregard for the invisible rules that seem to define modern music, and I love them for it.”