Holy Moly & the Crackers ‘Take A Bite’ Album Review

Holy Moly & the Crackers ‘Take A Bite’ 
Album Review

With a band name like Holy Moly & The Crackers, it was rather hard not to check out their third album, Take a Bite that is set to drop this Friday (April 5th) when it arrived in my inbox.

Garnishing their expressive take on British folk with ample sprinklings of rock’n’soul and indie intensity, this album sits comfortably in the middle of a circle compiled of The Gossip, and Gogol Bordello. I know that sounds weird, but stick with me here.

Formed in Newcastle in 2011 for nothing more than a laugh, this is now the sextets third album release. 

When we started out, we were a real ragtag folk band” states vocalist, guitarist and trumpeter,  Conrad Bird. “We want to tell a different story now”.

Working once again with producer Matt Terry (The Prodigy/The enemy), the album’s second track ‘Upside Down’ contains vocals from Ruth Patterson that could be characterised in a similar vein to that of The Noisettes. The song is a great microcosm of the album, as in it keeps you on your toes. The dance tempo within the drumming is marginally comparable to Franz Ferdinand and then before you know it, a Gogol Bordello style comes smirking in. 

Whilst the violin and accordion remain from the previous albums, Take A Bite now reflects nods to The Black Keys, Jack White and the overall diverse music taste of the band. It’s hard to guess where the album will take you next. More specifically, it’s hard to speculate which direction each individual song is going but quite frankly, it is a fun ride. With six individual music tastes influencing their direction, it’s no wonder the album is full of wonderful surprises.

Catch them on tour HERE


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