Introducing: Holden

First things first – happy new year from Laissez Faire Club! We had a great 2010 – which concluded with an awesome headline set from stars-in-waiting Dog Is Dead at Queen Of Hoxton on 14 December – but we’re intending on making 2k11 even better.

In the meantime, here’s a track from a band we’ve been lending our ears to over the last few weeks called Holden. They’re from Dalkeith (just outside Edinburgh) but are now based in London, and play a brand of throwback folk ‘n’ roll that’s reminiscent of Crosby, Stills And Nash, Neil Young, CCR and Fairport Convention – you know, the kind of music made to be immortalised on a dusty 12″. They look the part too, all bearded and booted and ready to take you back to 1969 at a moment’s notice. They could almost be Stillwater’s support band in Almost Famous.

This particular song, ‘In The Yard’, transports you to that drunken campfire sing-along at many a summer festival, when hoards of people gather round a fire and recite the song word for word, with the chorus being a particularly rowdy moment. If this isn’t the sign of a great folk band, we’re not sure what is. With the demise of London’s harmony driven rock ‘n’ rollers Smokey Angle Shades last year, it seems appropriate that another band of their ilk should rise up in their place at the start of a new year. We’re certainly looking forward to hearing more material imminently.

The good news is you don’t have to wait long to catch them live – we’ve booked them to play the first night of our fourth birthday celebrations at Catch on Wednesday 26 January, as support to Scoundrels. Full info here.

MP3: Holden – In The Yard (Live session)



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