We Give Samtycke To Let The HolyCuts Rock Our Faces The HolyCuts Rock Bands In A Barbershop With Dramatic Alt Rock Flare
LOS ANGELES, CA- The HolyCuts was the first band to grace the barbershop stage. Fronted by Leila Perry and William Nicol, the band describes their music- per the bio on their official website- as “music that is melodic one moment and destructive the next”. That’s a pretty good description of my first impressions watching them perform.
This was my first time seeing them live (and truth be told, hearing their music), and I found their sound to be quite absorbing. It kinda sounded like Modest Mouse and Yeah Yeah Yeahs had a lovechild.
The HolyCuts have a great dynamic on stage.Leila and William feed off each other quite organically, and play up the theatricality of each song they are singing.Leila in particular, using dramatic facial expressions, was able to shift the mood of each song she sang, physically expressing either the angst or coyness of the lyrics she was singing, sometimes within the same song.
That flare for the theatrical was on full display when they sang a song about the meaning of the Swedish word “Samtycke”, which means “consent”. Leila explained to the audience how important that concept is, and how it goes both ways, before getting samtycke from William to write the word in lipstick on his forehead. They then proceeded get loud and rowdy to close their set out. The crowd gleefully allowed them to do so.