HOLY STATE – DIAL M FOR MONOLITH
Released 30th January 2012 (Brew)
Words: Charlie Wallis
It’s been some time since we’ve heard anything from Nofolk’s ‘Holy State’ since their first batch of relatively uninteresting songs, 3 years to be precise. The problem is that when a band is missing in action for three years, when they return there is an exception that what they return with is at the very least an improvement. On this front Holy State deliver and then some.
Dial M for Monolith from the get go displays a mastery of the indie Brit pop genre that could give Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand a real run for their money. It’s bombastic from the outset with big beats underlying the textured guitar fuzz. The sound Holy State are putting out has become much more refined as opposed to a jumble of noise. It seems like this band are now offering something different that’s really their own. This track is more of a taster that grabs you by the throat, screams right in your face, before pushing you to the ground thinking; “what the hell just happened”.
Holy State have had some big opportunities including opening to Biffy Clyro and if Dial M for Monolith is anything to go by this could be an example of a previously mediocre band realising their potential. One to watch for 2012.