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Holopaw

Bio

Hailing from Gainesville, Florida (and named after a Florida town none of them are from), Holopaw released their self-titled Sub Pop debut in 2003 after vocalist John Orth co-wrote, with Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock, much of Ugly Casanova’s Sharpen Your Teeth. The following year, Holopaw multi-instrumentalist Michael Johnson released a glitchy, warm solo debut called Nonsense Goes Mudslide on Must Delicious to glowing reviews, and Holopaw toured extensively with labelmates Iron and Wine and Fruit Bats. It was easier to find descriptors and points of reference within their earlier work, which was anchored by Jeff Hays' acoustic guitar and pedal steel and offset by the blips and beeps of Michael Johnson's synthesizer noodling. Though the lineup is the same on their sophomore effort, Quit +/or Fight, lines between the analog and the digital have blurred. Johnson describes the "traditional elements becoming weirder and the weirder elements more traditional." The elemental juxtaposition here results in a remarkably centrist focus unmatched by the band’s previous work. "The parts seem to fit together a bit more precisely this time around," says Johnson.