The Holds – The Holds EP

9.5/10

Feel good, back to roots, old-fashioned rock n’ roll with a modern flair. That is how I can sum up The Holds in one sentence. I seriously dug this record! From the mix, to the simplistic style, to catchy grooves in each song, this band of classy gentlemen know how to make you move. They reminded me of a very old Maroon 5, all the way back to their first record, and just as good, if not better! Each song had its own personality, but still kept the signature bluesy, indie rock sound. I’m just gonna say it: I fucking love this band!

The first song I heard was “Can’t Go Back,” and from the first chord on, I was instantly hooked. Ryan Setton’s vocals were captivating with that overdriven, reverb effect, and the guitar work was classy and catchy. They slowed it down to a more funky style with “Hold You Tight,” and it is sure to make you want to get down and dirty with anyone and anything. “Here and Now” I’d have to say was my least favourite track off this EP, but that’s not to say it was a bad song. It felt less perfect than the rest of the record; the passion was there, but something didn’t quite click for me personally. “Say You’ll Be Mine” was the bluesiest tune on this record. You could hear the pain and emotion behind each string, chord, and melody; it was a beautiful ménage of character and class. “Tired of Waiting” was an excellent closer and gave off that vibe of satisfaction, making it a great closer. While listening to it, I felt that it was the end, but it still kept that energy, and signature sound established earlier in the record. I liked the organ in the background on this song too.

The Holds bring the blues back in the most modern way, and by god if it’s not catchy. You need to drop whatever you’re doing right now to buy this record. Do it!

Written by Rian Cunningham
*edited by Danielle Kenedy

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Rian Cunningham has been singing since he was a toddler, and have since been in multiple musicals and bands alike. He's been studying music all his life, playing bass, singing, organizing shows, developing sharp management skills, and more. He's been active in developing himself as a musician over the last five years by exploring multiple genres of music from jazz, pop, and metal, all the way to rock and roll. He is currently enrolled in the Music Industry Arts & Performance program at Centennial College in Toronto for Bass Guitar, and he has received the Dean’s Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in his program for being the most dedicated student in forwarding his career as a professional musician and artist.

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