An end of semester bash at Wollongong Uni Bar recently afforded me the opportunity to catch Sydney local’s The Holidays coming off the release of their fantastic second studio album, Reel Feel. The night began with supporting act Step-Panther, a local garage-pop trio, delivering a fast-paced, unapologetic set. Although their offering of gritty lo-fi tracks seemed to have a somewhat polarising effect on the crowd, I was definitely digging their brash riffs and raw sound.
The atmosphere changed for the upbeat when the aptly named, indie-pop outfit The Holidays emerged on stage to deliver a slew of vacation-reminiscent sounds. After milling about eagerly during set-up, the crowd responded to the sensory delight that these guys had in store by erupting in a joyous sea of rhythmic movement before the end of their first song.
With the release of a second album, the group has established a substantial library of much loved songs, all dripping with fanciful, soul-pop sounds and to the delight of an energetic crowd, they threw most of them our way. The set was highlighted by the percussion-heavy ‘2 Days’ from their debut release and ‘All Time High’, a dreamlike single from their latest release that really showcased frontman Simon Jones’ adept vocals. These were followed by the sounds of ‘Home’ which, aside from getting them some serious play on the national airwaves, gave everyone a reason to cast disposition aside and bust an unconditional move.