Holding Absence Dare to Dream


Hotly tipped Welsh crew ready for lift off

Despite being in existence a mere six months, Cardiff’s HOLDING ABSENCE have already achieved more than many do in years and now their unique blend of emotive post-hardcore has gained the attention of Nuclear Blast’s imprint label SHARPTONE RECORDS (Don Broco, Miss May I, We Came As Romans, Emmure etc.)
Frontman Lucas Woodland introduces the band: ‘We speak about who we are, who we want to be, and what we stand for. We speak about those things in great depth very often, and it’s refreshing to know that there’s not much of a limit to what we can do, and what we WANT to do. As music fans, we love listening to everything from Radiohead, to Thy Art Is Murder – so there’s a large range of inspiration there – But I believe the real goal for us is to always write something sincere and honest, that will hopefully make people feel something. The day we stop writing true music, regardless of genre, is the day Holding Absence dies. We’re so fortunate to have found a label that believes in us as people, as well as musicians, and we’re very excited to do them proud and make something beautiful for them.’ 

Commenting on the ‘Dream Of Me’ single Lucas states ‘Musically we wanted to incorporate some more of our more pop and alternative influences, such as Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. Lyrically the track is about the loss of love, but also applicable to the loss of life too. “When you sleep forever, Dream Of Me. When all is said and done, we ache in unison. Your absence, bittersweet. It linger, always”.’

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Formed in 2016, the quintet have already played shows with Being As An Ocean, Casey, Greywind, Burning Down Alaska and more, as well as headlined plenty shows of their own. 2017 will see the band up the ante with a touring schedule already set to make them the busiest band in the UK.
Catch them support Blood Youth in April or at a bunch of festivals this summer.
Stay tuned for more announcements to come!Currently announced tour dates below:
9th March – Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham *Holding Absence Headline*
9th April- The Key Club, Leeds w/ Blood Youth & Loathe
10th April – Boston Music Rooms, London w/ Blood Youth & Loathe
3rd June- Bloc Bar @ Camden Rocks, London
9th June – Download Festival, Donnington
8th July – The Prince of Wales, Kettering  *Holding Absence Headline*
22nd July – Amplified Festival, Gloucestershire
29th July – The Lanes @ Fat Lip Festival, BristolHolding Absence are:
Lucas Woodland – Vocals
Feisal El-Khazragi – Guitar
Giorgio Cantarutti – Guitar
James Joseph- Bass
Ashley Green – Drums
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