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Holy Holy write dramatic songs that soundtrack imaginary coming-of-age films from the 80s; music with a propulsion built for highways, house parties and death pacts. Teach Me about Dying chugs along as synthetic strings swoop in and out like ghosts, instruments echoing into the void and the song’s main tenet shines through: that in order to live a full life you must keep your inevitable death at the forefront of your mind. Memento mori, as they put it in the medieval period, a concept adapted from the ancient Stoics. As Holy Holy put it: “Teach me about dying”, so I can learn how to live.” A good message that never sounded so alive as when coupled with Holy Holy’s throbbing backbeat.

Ostensibly about dying, this new song reveals itself as a parable on living and parades Holy Holys continued musical evolution as they approach their forthcoming third LP.

Self-produced by Oscar Dawson & Timothy Carroll , Teach Me About Dying was born from a 1980’s-era portable Casio keyboard and features dark driving bass, live and programmed beats, melodic guitar tones, and the return of Ali Barter and Ainslie Wills on background vocals. Just as life itself, the song manoeuvres between jubilance and melancholy at once.


Frontman Timothy Carroll describes the song as, “an exploration of the way in which our mortality affects our lives … death imbues life with urgency and clarity and a sense that time is precious. And so, although it is by definition morbid, remembering that we will all die is actually a really important tenet by which to live.”

The new single succeeds the fearless left turn on Faces. The first single from their third studio album saw Holy Holy move away from their trademark solos and riffs on the experimental mini-epic, and perform a wildly successful lap of the country on a headline tour.

Holy Holy have their third album due out later this year.


Straddling the commercial comfort-zone and progressive out-rock world, Aussie’s Holy Holy are another of the year’s awesome breakout bands – a big stand out at Sound City and Liverpool Music Week there’s much more to come from this lot. Any discerning Floyd fan should immediately seek out You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog and bask in that riff.


Holy Holy is a musical project that brings together two composers from two different cities: award-winning singer/songwriter Timothy Carroll from Brisbane and guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson from Melbourne. The pair crafted their debut EP while living in Stockholm and Berlin in 2011, demoing tracks in the apartments, stairwells and snow covered studios of those two great cities. The pair have since returned to Australia and have been recording with reclusive producer and collaborator Matt Redlich (Emma Louise, The Trouble With Templeton, Ball Park Music). The band released “The Pacific EP” in Australia in 2014 and in the UK/EU in May 2015, which features singles “Impossible Like You” & “House Of Cards”, Their most recent single “History” shot straight to #2 most played song on Hype Machine,



Holy Holy started out as a song writing side-project, Timothy Carroll and Oscar Dawson had separate and varied musical careers, the duo started writing together when their paths crossed in Europe. The demo’s they created became “When the Storms Would Come”, a hugely successful debut release, and one of the more popular Australian albums in 2015.


Recorded largely to tape, the album is 10 tracks of elegant song writing, with warm tones, beautiful harmonies and some epic guitar solo’s that give a nod the bands’ love of Neil Young and Pink Floyd. The sound is modern, yet heavily influenced by the artists and sounds from an earlier time. Joined by a regular backing band, the duo has barely been off the road since the album was released, including tours of the UK and Europe. A fantastic live act, they will no doubt gain even more fans when they join Vance Joy on the road early in 2016