Smokes are a supergroup better than the sum of it's incalculably impressive
parts (line-up includes members of Hella, Pinback, The Advantage and The
Flying Luttenbachers)... A balancing act of incredible dexterity... a scorching
mangle of instruments igniting waves of dreamily emotive melodies upon a
dizzying volcanic terrain. This is barefoot shoegazing on a bed of hot coals."
- Independence Now
To Your Kids About Gangs" is the culmination of a recording process that
began in 2003, with the line-up of Zach Hill, Dan Elkan, Rob Crow, Carson
McWhirter, Jonathan Hischke, Ian Hernandez and J.R. Thompson. The group
first assembled for the album "Masculine Drugs", a soundtrack to a book
penned by founder Zach Hill and released by Suicide Squeeze Records. On
their Skin Graft debut, Holy Smokes arrive fully formed. Where the band's
debut offered a discordant free-jazz-noise-rock shock, "Talk To Your Kids
About Gangs" emerges as a harmonic tangle of pitches and thunder claps,
that as they unravel, come into focus as intelligible, infectious oddments
of grooving sonance. Make no mistake, these are songs: Vocals, Guitars,
Bass, Synth, Drums, Samplers, Toys, Piano, Keyboards, Trumpet and Gadgets
- no bullshit. Holy Smokes have recorded a masterfully drawn, spectral broadcast;
a call to arms now and forever.
telling and re-telling, moody enough for a post-midnight mass blowout and
subtle enough to dampen the darkened corners of a sullen Sunday morning.
Read with feeling, listen with guileless regard."
- Splendid E-Zine
Holy Smokes work as a hive mind, switching from complete chaos to "almost
lovely" pop songs in the style of My Bloody Valentine ...very worth the
- dude at Amazon.com
Like if VoiVod formed in 2084.
The Big Picture
Too Many Wives (All You Need Is Blood)
Pretty Much None Of Us Know Anything
Don't Squab On God's Tracks
Quantum Leaper Of Los Angeles County
If You Pull It Out, You Better Use It
Welcome To Say You're Welcome
Wasn't Scared, He Couldn't Feel His Hands
The Big Picture (Reprise)