“I’m so grateful the Austin community came together and helped The Human Circuit with its latest music video.” -Mat Oldiges
High for the Holidays on Holy Mountain
The Holy Child / Bells and Parks / Les RAV / The Human Circuit
Thursday, December 18th
The chilly, brisk, winter air drew a huddled crowd inside Holy Mountain for a distinct and eclectic bill Thursday night. The event fulfilled the holiday spirit with a canned food drive to knock a dollar off the door’s cover, and the cluster of attendees buzzed with anticipation for a stellar night of live music and The Human Circuit’s release of their latest music video, Time as Proof.
Due to unfortunate illness, Silver Ships had to decline playing Thursday’s bill; however, The Holy Child were able to fill in for their set and succeeded in being a very pleasant surprise. Moving and grooving with their ever-changing genres, they are certainly one band that knows how to keep you on your feet with their diverse sound! Multi-talented vocalist Robert Alarcon showed righteous swagger with his hands-on-hips dance moves, and demonstrated an impressive vocal range in the style of jazz, funk, and soul. Keyboardist Johanna Alarcon exhibited flawless skills on her piano, pounding and sliding on the keys and providing impeccable back-up layering vocals. Jesse Montoya kept a heavy groove with his bass and got the crowd charged with his back-and-forth jamming with drummer Fernando Sanchez. Despite a small mishap early on in their set, The Holy Child’s performance remained unfazed by their hiccup, handling it like true professionals. All in all, The Holy Child displayed their bond together and triumphed in providing their pure chemistry to the audience.
Having toured in England and Scotland and sharing a stage with SoKo earlier this year, Bells and Parks assuredly have a bright future on their horizon. Tessa Bennetch and Darryl Schomberg II commanded attention with their larger-than-life presence, and thrived on stage until the very last airy note. A second glance on stage proved that Bennetch and Schomberg prevail in creating something much larger than what you would expect from a musical duo and succeeded in creating an encompassing electro-synth sound, reminiscent of Brooklyn-based dream-pop acts. Bennetch’s vocals put the audience in a euphoric dream-like state, her voice both soothing and strong to the senses. Schomberg drum’s echoed throughout the venue and his driving beats pulsed through to the audience’s core. Be sure to keep an eye and an ear out for their full length album, coming out in spring of 2015.
Les RAV, consisting of front woman Lauren Bruno, truly is a natural talent and shining spirit. Bruno is the director of the local organization $3 Shows, an organization which aids non-profits organizations by raising money drawing together multi-talented artists and musicians from a diverse spectrum. Without a doubt, Bruno was born to spark change and move spectators with her voice and musical expertise, both on and off stage. Bruno’s performance resonated with a unique and personal touch as her vocals filled the audience’s ears with crisp beauty. Even her slight pauses and coughs into the microphone drew a forth a sense of charm and grounded grace. Her experimental and avant-garde sound made for a personal live music experience as she brought both her old and new fans into her world that is Les RAV. Be sure to mark your calendars for January 30th to witness the premiere of her new musical project at Swan Dive.
The Human Circuit closed out the night at Holy Mountain with their always cohesive and energetic act. Decked out in Christmas attire, the band’s festive nature brought the holiday spirit to the crowd as they rocked out with a bombastic performance. Thursday marked the debut performance of The Human Circuit new bassist, Carter Greeves, as well as the release of The Human Circuit’s most recent music video, Time as Proof. Their video succeeded in capturing the Austin’s downtown landscape and significant landmarks, complimented with popping blips of each band member, resulting in a beautiful series of bursting moments and gestures. The fadeout of each band member towards the end enhanced the lyrics behind Time as Proof, reminding us to “count [your] stars, ‘cause things can go sour in a single second.” Be sure to attend The Human Circuit’s next performance at Spider House Ballroom on January 7th, alongside Clouds are Ghosts, Flavor Raid, and Wonderbitch.
High for the Holidays on Holy Mountain served as a treat to one’s musical palate by presenting a diverse range of musical genres. From The Holy Child’s funk and soul, to Bells and Parks’ dreamy synth-pop, to Les RAV’s experimental-singer-songwriter, to The Human Circuit’s melodic-indie-rock, the audience was happy to embrace stylistic favorites, as well as step out their comfort zone to discover talented and original acts. It was absolutely refreshing to see an unexpected line-up pulled off so immaculately and to know that each individual in the audience had dazzling visions and alluring melodies running through their heads all throughout the night.
Check out The Human Circuit latest musical video, Time as Proof.
Check out some behind the scenes photos from the recording of The Human Circuit latest musical video, Time as Proof.
Check out High for the Holidays on Holy Mountain Promotional Postcards
Make sure to check out The Austin Live Review SoundCloud playlist including songs from each of the High for the Holidays on Holy Mountain performing bands.
Contributing Writer: Trish Connelly
Contributing Photographer: Ismael Quintanilla (Maye Marley)