Formed in Newcastle in 2011, Holy Moly & The Crackers began as an excuse to busk through some foot-stomping folk-pop. They have since developed from a four-piece to a six-piece, and vocalist, guitarist and trumpet prodigy Conrad Bird says, “We want to tell a different story now”.
Their upcoming third album, Take A Bite (to be released April), is a concise, passionate take on folk, blues, and indie rock. It is the sound of a band who have been searching and experimenting for several years, arriving at a place where they can say “this who we are and this is where we want to go”. Just listen to the single “All I Got Is You” that combines deft pop songcraft with a stomping, four to the floor backing.
“This album is asking the audience to take a chance on us,” explains Ruth Patterson, “(…) we look a bit mad, but I think once people actually come to a gig, they’re always swept up in the music and the energy. Everyone’s invited, everyone’s part of it. And people seem to lose themselves… It brings everyone together.” To us, it sounds perfect and we’re can’t wait to welcome them to Larmer Tree in July.