LOATHE + HOLDING ABSENCE | ANNOUNCE THIS IS AS ONE 

SPLIT EP

Heavy experimental collective of five Loathe and Cardiff ascending post-hardcore group Holding Absence are pleased to announce an exciting new collaborative project. Each band will be contributing two brand new studio tracks to a split EP titled This Is As One, out February 16 via SharpTone Records.

Pre-orders are here.

Both bands have dropped videos for new EP tracks! 

Loathe: "White Hot"
Holding Absence: "Saint Cecila"

Loathe and Holding Absence first officially met when they toured the UK together in April of this year with Blood Youth, bonding over their shared common principals as well as a respect for each other's music and vision.

Despite what some might see as fairly big sonic differences between both bands, Loathe and Holding Absence hold a lot more in common than one might see at a first glance. They both felt a camaraderie build after the Blood Youth tour, and partially inspired by the way the sun is currently rising on the British underground scene, they both felt encouraged to act upon their growing friendship – spotting a creative opportunity before them.

Once the project had kicked into full motion both bands threw themselves at it with full creative force.

Lucas Woodland of Holding Absence commented on the process of working on the EP, saying, "On the EP we've tried to embrace the more natural side of our music and not overthink things. It was a very interesting process. We rate Loathe very highly as a creative entity, and I think we resonate together as bands strongly through the way we both regard our own music/art. So it was nice to see all nine members very interested and driven to make this release a thing. On top of that, seeing the inner-workings of another band was eye-opening in a great way. It was a very enriching experience."

Erik Bickerstaff of Loathe weighed in, saying, "We couldn't imagine ourselves doing this sort of release alongside anyone else at the moment, so it was definitely a smooth and easy process. We love Holding Absence for everything it is, not just for their music. The EP is something we have wanted to do for a while without doubt. Progression was the main source of inspiration for us, we took this opportunity to really push the boundaries of our music and craft two new songs that are heading in more of a defined direction for our music."

TRACK LISTING:
 "White Hot" (Loathe)
"Servant and Master" (Loathe)
"Saint Cecilia" (Holding Absence)
"Everything" (Holding Absence)

LP VERSION:
"White Hot" (Loathe)
 "Servant and Master" (Loathe)
"It's Yours" (Live — Loathe)
"Saint Cecilia" (Holding Absence)
"Everything" (Holding Absence)
"Permanent" (Live — Holding Absence)

ABOUT HOLDING ABSENCE:
Holding Absence were formed in 2016 and the quintet have already played and toured with the likes of Casey, Young Guns, Our Last Night, Burning Down Alaska, We Are the Ocean, Blood Youth and more, as well as having headlined almost countless solo shows and festivals, including a breakthrough performance at Download Festival earlier this year. 2017 has seen the band upping the ante with a touring schedule which has made them one of the UK's busiest bands. Vocalist Lucas Woodland introduces the band: "We speak about who we are, who we want to be, and what we stand for. We speak about those things in great depth very often, and it's refreshing to know that there's not much of a limit to what we can do, and what we WANT to do. As music fans, we love listening to everything from Radiohead, to Thy Art Is Murder - so there's a large range of inspiration there. But I believe the real goal for us is to always write something sincere and honest, that will hopefully make people feel something. The day we stop writing true music, regardless of genre, is the day Holding Absence dies."

ABOUT LOATHE:
Loathe are a sedulous collective of five, formed in industrial port-city Liverpool. Their debut record The Cold Sun (released earlier this year) signified a forceful and shrewd testimony. The quintet nailed their colours to the mast with this resolute mission statement; an ode to the times we're living in and the murky future that we all find ourselves faced with. The result was a highly accomplished chronicle, an undoubtedly passionate oeuvre brimming with technical precision, sinister ambience and bitter bile. Loathe offer a complex sonic architecture which weaves together post-punk, hardcore, heavy electronics, djent and deathcore with a side of prog... melding their sonic threads into a searingly surreal entity which reels you deep into the abyss. Loathe are currently touring the USA with Wage War and Oceans Ate Alaska. Their debut U.S. show was at highly respected Knot Fest, and they've toured with the likes of Bury Tomorrow, Novelists, For Today, and Carcer City.

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