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May 19th, 2011

A portrait of Matt Fishbeck (with Holy Shit) through a series of vignettes

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the StranglersMy Young Dreams (Demo) 1974

There’s something inherently dangerous about drawing upon forgotten and overlooked artists of the past that only through the lens of hindsight have grown to achieve the underground cult status they deserved from the outset. The same fascination is one of the greatest tenets Matt Fishbeck of Holy Shit has built his music on over the last half decade and paved the way for his troupe of genre blending artists who have all increasingly been garnering the recognition their talent deserves. A friend of mine once said that somehow no matter how deep you dig into the 80’s, when you find that lost hook or melody on some unfairly overlooked 45 you’ll find traces of Holy Shit’s music. Tirelessly searching for those same tracks for Know Phase, I can wholeheartedly agree that this is often the case. (I often feel like I’m trying to assemble a map he laid out years ago) Actually, it can be kind of scary. Sometimes I swear if you look quick enough you’ll see his likeness fading away from the background of their album sleeves. It’s one thing to appreciate the genius of obscure pop shoulda been hits, but it’s something else entirely to channel to the same quality of melodies in 2011; something Fishbeck does with all of the swagger and sass of Bowie in ’77.  Holy Shit first snapped me out of my nostalgia cave back in 2005, proving that the classic frontman wasn’t a dead relic. As much as I try and shake the ideology, there’s a certain pleasure derived from being one of a handful of people lucky enough call themselves a fan of Apple Boutique and the plethora of other bands Holy Shit transcends. As the internet continues to make just about everything known, to relish a secret melody is just about the best feeling you can get as a music obsessive. Only that’s not what Know Phase is about, Holy Shit needs to be heard-Matt Fishbeck deserves to be a a household name, one of the last greats, a vignette of a long weekend with the man himself:

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Know Phase Presents: HOLY SHIT at Cakeshop

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HOLY SHIT A Place in the Sun

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  1. that session in the living room must have been a wonderful moment, thank you for sharing these videos with us, it’s a precious thing.
    “the Castle” sounds perfect this way, guitars are…so serene.
    Rumor has it that Holy Shit will be back at the MIDI festival next summer in south france. i’ll be there, just as i was in 2006.

    * fantastic *

    Comment by Galunta — May 22, 2011 @ 1:29 pm
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  3. i agree with Galunta on how the castle sounds. so far away and so sweet.

    Comment by alex — June 7, 2011 @ 12:41 pm
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  5. bombs away is such an awesome track, apotheosis.
    do they have anything out on vinyl? Where can I get it?

    Comment by robin — November 29, 2011 @ 12:45 am

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