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An Introduction to HOLYCHILD

2018.09.09 22:17 melisanyans An Introduction to HOLYCHILD

Who Are They?
HOLYCHILD is a two-piece alt-pop band based out of Los Angeles. They are Liz Niztico and Louie Diller. Formed in 2012 after meeting at George Washington University, the two gravitated towards each others’ unique perspectives, which ended up contributing towards some pretty funky, devastatingly honest aesthetic choices. You may know them as the band that landed an Apple Watch commercial early on in their career, but I want to convince you that they are so much more than that, and worthy of your stanship.
 
What’s Their Deal?
Much of HOLYCHILD’s music hinges on the juxtaposition of classic, bombastic pop music courtesy of producer Louie Diller with the stark imagery and anti-consumerist and existentialist lyricism of Liz Niztico. Some of their lyrics blend nihilism with abstract absurdism, while others take more direct routes towards cultural criticism or explicit, unapologetic, deeply weird and honest love.
 
TF Does That Mean?
It’s honestly best if I just showed you.
The band’s recent single – the joyous, strange, and celebratory Hundred Thousand Hearts - contrasts images of an ending world with an urgent, desperate need for joyful love. Liz writes:
“When the cosmos holds everything dead / When the ocean has leveled my bed / I'll be hanging on all that you said / I hope you believe it, yeah”.
 
Earlier in their career, which is pretty much just their debut album The Shape of Brat Pop to Come and a couple of EPs, the band took numerous opportunities to lambast the current cultural landscape through the diary-like lens of Liz’s observations and struggle with societal pressures.
These criticisms are often drenched in a playful, fun irony; on Nasty Girls, she play-chants
“Dye your hair, tan your skin, liposuction’s really in / Adderall, join the fall, do it to be beautiful / how you talk, how you move / you know what you have to do!”
 
 
HOLYCHILD’s sound, in each of its iterations, can be described as potent and percussive. Producer Louie Diller utilizes many classic, fun pop tropes – chorus “ayyyyys” and “ohhhhhs” sweeten military-drum marching sections, brass instruments, and all-around exquisite bombast. Quite frankly, the man is a percussive genius – each song contains excellent, skillfully exhibited live drums, buzzsaw synths, bell chimes, bass lines, and anything else you could ask for in a pop song.
 
Why Should We Stan?
I believe that HOLYCHILD are a truly original band dedicated to their craft and art. Diller’s playful production perfectly complements the urgency and frequent irony of Niztico’s writing. This creates an often daring, instantly recognizable and wholly original aesthetic. Plus, this shit just bops hard. Trust me.
 
Where Do I Start?
Luckily, the band has a tight, accessible catalog – one album, three EPs, and a couple of recent singles. I’m going to ignore their debut EP, which is no longer available on streaming services, as well as 2014’s MINDSPEAK EP, because much of that material was done better and recycled for their first album.
 
 
Debut Album – The Shape of Brat Pop To Come (2015)
 
Nasty Girls – Previously described above, frantic percussion and social criticism make this song a pretty concise representation of the themes and music of their debut album. Choice Lyric:
“Hey hey, give it up, we don’t matter anyway! / Boys like nasty girls, take him on a holiday!”
 
U Make Me Sick – Notable for its vocal delivery and soaring chorus, a quintessential HOLYCHILD song – according to Liz, it “represents the highs and lows of a relationship. It’s all beautiful and it’s all fucked up.” Choice Lyric:
"I know I'm a weirdo, but you like the way I think / Faking it forever, but we're honest as we sink / Won't you take me out for lunch? / Won't you spoil me undone?"
 
Other Highlights: Can’t go wrong, though Barbie Nation, Money All Around, and Plastered Smile make for some great gym listens followed by existential musings later in the day.
 
 
America Oil Lamb EP (2016)
 
The project that made me fall in love with them – a set of collaborations with some indie pop faves including Kate Nash, Tkay Maidza, and MS MR, among others.
 
Rotten Teeth ft. Kate Nash – This song feels like a culmination of the work showcased on their debut. It’s a plea for truth, or to cut through some of the bullshit of the early stages of a relationship. Kate Nash is a perfect pairing for Liz, both singers are unapologetic and honest in their demands for affection in a world that can limit self-expression. Choice Lyric:
“I want to hurt the skin on my lips / I want to know the feeling of bliss / I want to fall and never be found / Don't you know that nothing lasts forever?”
 
Power Play ft. RAC – The warped electronic melody of the song is as strong a backbone as any, granting the song a distinct power. Liz is critical, worried, and angry towards society, singing over Louie’s blended mix of traditional drums and distinctly modern production. Choice Lyric:
“I just wanna go! / How can I be myself when you put me on a shelf?”
 
 
New Era, Upgraded HOLYCHILD (2018)
 
HOLYCHILD have been promoting an as-yet-untitled project, perhaps an album or EP, with more singles on the way.
 
Wishing You Away – Liz has described this song as one of the hardest for her to put out – it’s a reflection on the abuse she witnessed as a child. The song is ultimately about a struggle to find forgiveness for someone who has done some truly terrible things; when you want someone to go, but need them to stay around – to search for common ground, and to hope for a change from within which may never come. In typical HOLYCHILD fashion, the extremely dark subject matter is tackled playfully, with some absurd, taunting lyrics which end up pointing towards brighter days – or at least a road towards reconciliation. This era also sees HOLYCHILD trying on a few new production flourishes – it’s now a bit more synth-heavy, and the melodies are pretty sweet and given more breathing room. Choice Lyric:
“Oh, I'm still scared of all of you / And I don't know what you might do / Won't you let me meet my brother? / And do you like to hit my mother?”
 
Hundred Thousand Hearts – This song is, for all intents and purposes, a celebration of love – whether it’s one-sided or not. Liz makes a deliberate choice in choosing to celebrate a love that is not at all set in stone, and in fact rather uncertain. This choice grants the song a familiar, relatable sense of desperation; at the same time, we can take that desperate love and be grateful for how alive it can make us feel no matter the reality of the situation. It’s a song about dreaming blindly and loving for the sake of love. You guys I really fucking love this band. The production is pretty jaunty and a little goofy, Liz’s vocals as fun as ever in the face of catastrophe. Choice Lyric:
“I want a wedding like a Broadway show / With a fountain made of chocolate looking famous / And our statues made of gold, how could you blame us? / Is it love you need? Does your heart not bleed? / C'mon, c'mon, c'mon let me know!”
 
Thank you for coming to my TED Talk. You can find HOLYCHILD on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. I hope you love them as much as I do.
 
Disclaimer: I just saw them live last night, so I'm very much in ultra-stan, omgtheseguysneedmorerecognition mode. They're both such sweet people, and took time to meet and talk with every fan who stayed after the show for as long as they wanted. Plus, their live show was incredible and was just the two of them - my favorite concert experience so far. Liz waded through the crowd for a few songs to hug and play with fans, and Louie plays with such intensity and joy it's fun to watch.
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2018.09.09 22:00 melisanyans Hi

Who Are They?
HOLYCHILD is a two-piece alt-pop band based out of Los Angeles. They are Liz Niztico and Louie Diller. Formed in 2012 after meeting at George Washington University, the two gravitated towards each others’ unique perspectives, which ended up contributing towards some pretty funky, devastatingly honest aesthetic choices. You may know them as the band that landed an Apple Watch commercial early on in their career, but I want to convince you that they are so much more than that, and worthy of your stanship.
 
What’s Their Deal?
Much of HOLYCHILD’s music hinges on the juxtaposition of classic, bombastic pop music courtesy of producer Louie Diller with the stark imagery and anti-consumerist and existentialist lyricism of Liz Niztico. Some of their lyrics blend nihilism with abstract absurdism, while others take more direct routes towards cultural criticism or explicit, unapologetic, deeply weird and honest love.
 
TF Does That Mean?
It’s honestly best if I just showed you.
The band’s recent single – the joyous, strange, and celebratory Hundred Thousand Hearts - contrasts images of an ending world with an urgent, desperate need for joyful love. Liz writes:
“When the cosmos holds everything dead / When the ocean has leveled my bed / I'll be hanging on all that you said / I hope you believe it, yeah”.
 
Earlier in their career, which is pretty much just their debut album The Shape of Brat Pop to Come and a couple of EPs, the band took numerous opportunities to lambast the current cultural landscape through the diary-like lens of Liz’s observations and struggle with societal pressures.
These criticisms are often drenched in a playful, fun irony; on Nasty Girls, she play-chants
“Dye your hair, tan your skin, liposuction’s really in / Adderall, join the fall, do it to be beautiful / how you talk, how you move / you know what you have to do!”
 
 
HOLYCHILD’s sound, in each of its iterations, can be described as potent and percussive. Producer Louie Diller utilizes many classic, fun pop tropes – chorus “ayyyyys” and “ohhhhhs” sweeten military-drum marching sections, brass instruments, and all-around exquisite bombast. Quite frankly, the man is a percussive genius – each song contains excellent, skillfully exhibited live drums, buzzsaw synths, bell chimes, bass lines, and anything else you could ask for in a pop song.
 
Why Should We Stan?
I believe that HOLYCHILD are a truly original band dedicated to their craft and art. Diller’s playful production perfectly complements the urgency and frequent irony of Niztico’s writing. This creates an often daring, instantly recognizable and wholly original aesthetic. Plus, this shit just bops hard. Trust me.
 
Where Do I Start?
Luckily, the band has a tight, accessible catalog – one album, three EPs, and a couple of recent singles. I’m going to ignore their debut EP, which is no longer available on streaming services, as well as 2014’s MINDSPEAK EP, because much of that material was done better and recycled for their first album.
 
 
Debut Album – The Shape of Brat Pop To Come (2015)
 
Nasty Girls – Previously described above, frantic percussion and social criticism make this song a pretty concise representation of the themes and music of their debut album. Choice Lyric:
“Hey hey, give it up, we don’t matter anyway! / Boys like nasty girls, take him on a holiday!”
 
U Make Me Sick – Notable for its vocal delivery and soaring chorus, a quintessential HOLYCHILD song – according to Liz, it “represents the highs and lows of a relationship. It’s all beautiful and it’s all fucked up.” Choice Lyric:
"I know I'm a weirdo, but you like the way I think / Faking it forever, but we're honest as we sink / Won't you take me out for lunch? / Won't you spoil me undone?"
 
Other Highlights: Can’t go wrong, though Barbie Nation, Money All Around, and Plastered Smile make for some great gym listens followed by existential musings later in the day.
 
 
America Oil Lamb EP (2016)
 
The project that made me fall in love with them – a set of collaborations with some indie pop faves including Kate Nash, Tkay Maidza, and MS MR, among others.
 
Rotten Teeth ft. Kate Nash – This song feels like a culmination of the work showcased on their debut. It’s a plea for truth, or to cut through some of the bullshit of the early stages of a relationship. Kate Nash is a perfect pairing for Liz, both singers are unapologetic and honest in their demands for affection in a world that can limit self-expression. Choice Lyric:
“I want to hurt the skin on my lips / I want to know the feeling of bliss / I want to fall and never be found / Don't you know that nothing lasts forever?”
 
Power Play ft. RAC – The warped electronic melody of the song is as strong a backbone as any, granting the song a distinct power. Liz is critical, worried, and angry towards society, singing over Louie’s blended mix of traditional drums and distinctly modern production. Choice Lyric:
“I just wanna go! / How can I be myself when you put me on a shelf?”
 
 
New Era, Upgraded HOLYCHILD (2018)
 
HOLYCHILD have been promoting an as-yet-untitled project, perhaps an album or EP, with more singles on the way.
 
Wishing You Away – Liz has described this song as one of the hardest for her to put out – it’s a reflection on the abuse she witnessed as a child. The song is ultimately about a struggle to find forgiveness for someone who has done some truly terrible things; when you want someone to go, but need them to stay around – to search for common ground, and to hope for a change from within which may never come. In typical HOLYCHILD fashion, the extremely dark subject matter is tackled playfully, with some absurd, taunting lyrics which end up pointing towards brighter days – or at least a road towards reconciliation. This era also sees HOLYCHILD trying on a few new production flourishes – it’s now a bit more synth-heavy, and the melodies are pretty sweet and given more breathing room. Choice Lyric:
“Oh, I'm still scared of all of you / And I don't know what you might do / Won't you let me meet my brother? / And do you like to hit my mother?”
 
Hundred Thousand Hearts – This song is, for all intents and purposes, a celebration of love – whether it’s one-sided or not. Liz makes a deliberate choice in choosing to celebrate a love that is not at all set in stone, and in fact rather uncertain. This choice grants the song a familiar, relatable sense of desperation; at the same time, we can take that desperate love and be grateful for how alive it can make us feel no matter the reality of the situation. It’s a song about dreaming blindly and loving for the sake of love. You guys I really fucking love this band. The production is pretty jaunty and a little goofy, Liz’s vocals as fun as ever in the face of catastrophe. Choice Lyric:
“I want a wedding like a Broadway show / With a fountain made of chocolate looking famous / And our statues made of gold, how could you blame us? / Is it love you need? Does your heart not bleed? / C'mon, c'mon, c'mon let me know!”
 
Thank you for coming to my TED Talk. You can find HOLYCHILD on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. I hope you love them as much as I do.
 
Disclosure: I just saw them live last night, so I'm very much in ultra-stan, omgtheseguysneedmorerecgonition mode. They're both such sweet people, and took time to meet and talk with every fan who stayed after the show for as long as they wanted. Plus, their live show was incredible and was just the two of them - my favorite concert experience so far. Liz waded through the crowd for a few songs to hug and play with fans, and Louie plays with such intensity and joy it's fun to watch.
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