A new name to us, a new band to them. Holy Roller’s combination of soul, rock, country, and Americana sounds will leave you feeling a mix of emotions as you tune into their new self-titled album — a debut, of sorts.
“This group is fundamentally different than what Big Mama Shakes was,” said Ole Greasy (aka Brass Mack, aka Bryce Doyle), the band’s keyboardist. Although three of the five members date back to the group’s previous name, Holy Roller is, dynamically and musically, a totally different band in the eyes of the members — hence the name change.
On Saturday, February 16th, Holy Roller hit the scene at The Camel, accompanied by guests Super Doppler and Woody Woodworth & The Piners. The show was to celebrate the release of the brand new self-titled Holy Roller album, and the vibe was definitely celebratory. The venue was packed out with both old and new fans, who sang along and cheered the members on through every song, whether it dealt with heartache, loss, love, or home.
Holy Roller originally planned their debut under the current name as a conceptual piece, but during the creation process, it morphed into a storytelling folk/R&B album. The band’s vocalist and guitarist, Brady Heck, described the theme as coming of age, comparing the album to films like The Goonies and Stand by Me. “It has repeating themes, like growing up and homesickness,” said Heck. Sure enough, listening to Holy Roller’s music almost feels like you’re hearing a soundtrack to your favorite childhood movies, with a little more of a modern twist.
One month after the date of the release show finds the band performing locally once again, opening up for YARN at The Broadberry on March 16th. Then in June, they’ll be traveling to West Virginia for the Mountain Music Fest that occurs at the ACE Adventure Resort every summer.
One thing you can be sure of: this quintet’s going to keep on rolling. Catch them if you can.
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