Holy Esque to release debut album ‘At Hope’s Ravine’!

Glasgow’s HOLY ESQUE announce the release of their long-awaited debut album, ‘AT HOPE’S RAVINE’, on 26 February on their own label Beyond The Frequency.

AT HOPE’S RAVINE is a primal, muscular, and utterly elemental work; a true epic in an era when such an epithet is overused. Here, bold is beautiful and HOLY ESQUE’s messages of hope and grief, escape and yearning, are writ large across sonic skies. “These are songs about belonging, fear, love, self-doubt, dreams, religion, release, darkness versus light and escape – especially escape,” says singer PAT HYNES.

HOLY ESQUE formed in Glasgow in 2011. Front man Hynes and keyboardist KEIR REID both grew up in post-war Lanarkshire new town East Kilbride, a place most usually known for its brutalist architecture and the birthplace of The Jesus & Mary Chain. Keyboardist Reid and drummer RALPH MCCLURE met at the famed Glasgow School of Art [alumni includes members of Franz Ferdinand, Peter Capaldi and some of Scotland’s most eminent poets, writers and painters of recent years] and, finally, HUGO MCGINLEY joined on guitar.

HOLY ESQUE will be playing a full UK headline tour, along with several festival appearances, as follows:


Wed         06             PLYMOUTH                              Underground
Thu           07             NEWQUAY                               Whiskers
Fri             08             BUDE                                          Carriers
Sat            09             CARDIFF                                   Ifor Bach
Sun           10             BATH                                           Moles
Wed         13             MANCHESTER                         Soup Kitchen
Thu           14             LIVERPOOL                              Arts Club
Fri             15             STOKE                                         Sugarmill
Sat            16             BIRMINGHAM                        Sunflower Lounge
Wed         20             LONDON                                   Lexington
Thu           21             BOURNEMOUTH                   60 Million Postcards
Fri             22             BEDFORD                                  Esquires
Sat            23             SOUTHAMPTON                    Lennon’s
Sun           24             GUIDFORD                               Boiler Room
Mon         25             CAMBRIDGE                            Portland Arms
Wed         27             LEICESTER                                 Cookie
Thu           28             NOTTINGHAM                        Bodega
Fri             29             SHEFFIELD                                Picture House Social
Sat            30             LEEDS                                          Live @ Leeds


Sun           01             NEWCASTLE                             Think Tank
Sat            07             GLASGOW                                 School Of Art
Thu           19             BRIGHTON                               Great Escape
Sun           29             LIVERPOOL                               Sound City


HOLY ESQUE’s music is comprised of tones and textures; peaks and troughs; brush strokes and breaking waves of sound. Chiming guitars interweave with emotive synth embellishments, and all shot through with Pat Hynes’ inimitable vocals, delivered from a dark place somewhere deep within his very centre.

AT HOPE’S RAVINE follows a clutch of exceptionally well received EPs, which saw the band play all over the world as an unsigned band. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Jon Schumann [Mew, Kashmir] the album was recorded in a variety of locations and countries and is a bold statement of HOLY ESQUE’s life to date.

A surge of musical serotonin delivered with breathless intent, the chiming guitars of recent single HEXX recalls that time when post-punk made a bid for stadium filling greatness while it’s b-side, SILENCES, offers the hope hinted at in the album’s title.

The next single [released on the same day as the album on 7” vinyl] will be TEAR, a vital live favourite from HOLY ESQUE, and an important track in understanding the band. Singer Pat says, “Tear is a great example of two of the central themes of the album – darkness v light and hope. The song has an emotional weight and looks at the ever-constant fears and woes of everyday life against the hope of something better. It touches on escapism and the pursuit of greater things. It’s essential to the history and make-up of the band today”.

HOLY ESQUE enjoyed rising success throughout 2015, with SILENCES receiving incredible support from Annie Mac and Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1, alongside constant press support from the Independent, the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the NME. In 2016 the band are set to truly make their mark.

Danny Pearthttps://www.dannypeartphotography.co.uk
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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