Holy Fawn, the Phoenix-based band who Stereogum said “build giant, cresting waves of uplifting brutality… without really sounding like anyone else,” give Realms, their independently-released, debut EP, the vinyl treatment for the first time ever, with Wax Bodega releasing the six-song collection on Oct. 20.
Ryan Osterman explains how the EP came to be: “Realms was a project that was created in my old apartment that was just a happy mistake if I’m being honest. Personally, I just wanted to record some new ideas as I felt a bit creatively stifled. I didn’t have a name or any sort of plan, just recording music that really resonated with me.
We figured we needed some sort of name as it was manifesting quicker than any of us expected. We landed on HOLY FAWN and just decided to go wherever that would take us. We played basically anything that was thrown at us, house shows, DIY tours, just any opportunity to perform. It just felt really different from any of our other musical experiences we had to that point. We would just play completely in the dark besides some random laser lights and the reaction was really pure after each show. It felt that people were enjoying it, especially in the post rock/atmospheric community but it pretty much fell completely under the radar as a whole. We loved what we were doing and just wanted to share it with as many people as possible. It doesn’t matter if a project receives label interest or outside validation, as long as you press forward doing what you love, it’ll always bring you joy.
We all really believed in Realms and wanted to give it a proper release on vinyl as it’s become really requested live in the past few years and it’s nice to revisit how everything started. It feels very emotionally cathartic to play these songs and we still love them today as much as we did so many years ago.”
1. Can We Lie Here?
Realm vinyl pre-orders are available now via Wax Bodega: http://lnk.to/hfrealms.
Holy Fawn set out on a Fall headlining tour this October:
October 2 Austin, TX Empire Control Room
October 3 Dallas, TX Tulips
October 4 Houston, TX Bronze Peacock
October 6 Orlando, FL Will’s Pub
October 7 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Purgatory
October 8 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle Back Room
October 9 Baltimore, MD Metro Baltimore
October 10 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Made
October 11 Worcester, MA Palladium Upstairs
October 13 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
October 14 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
October 15 Ferndale, MI Loving Touch
October 16 Chicago, IL Cobra Lounge
October 17 Kansas City, MO RecordBar
October 18 Denver, CO Meow Wolf
October 19 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
October 21 Seattle, WA Vera Project
October 22 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
October 24 San Francisco, CA Café du Nord
October 25 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
October 26 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
October 27 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
Holy Fawn is Ryan Osterman (guitar, vocals), Evan Phelps (guitar), and Austin Reinholz (drums). The Arizona-born band have released two albums: Dimensional Bleed (2022), Death Spells (2018), as well as a pair of EPs: The Black Moon (2020) and Realms (2015). Stereogum said Holy Fawn band are “impossible to ignore,” Paste noted that they “hold the sublime and the saturnine in equal reverence,” and Revolver said with Dimensional Bleed, the foursome reached “…a high-water mark for music that combines the skyscraping atmospheres of post-rock with the heavy breadth of textured metal.”