Their latest single ‘Kaleidoscope’ was our absolute jam, and lucky for us they have just released their new self-titled EP. So in that case, it made perfect sense to grab HOLY OYSTERS to find out about their new music, their fave psychedelic tracks (see below for a playlist!) and why we must check out their live show!
We can’t get enough of your recent single ‘Kaleidoscope’! We love the psychedelic elements; from where did you develop your interest in psychedelic music?
Thank you so much! Glad you like it! Well, I think it all started by listening to records like Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, more recently with records like Andorra by Caribou.
Psychedelic music has been having a bit of resurgence with bands such as Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra and now yourselves. Why do you think that is?
Well i think it’s because we share the same influences in terms of inspiration, we know that Kevin Parker is a big fan of the Beatles, Air, Supertramp among others, and Ruban Nielson is influenced by some more soul funk artists like Stevie Wonder or Prince.
What made you want to start Holy Oysters? Did you meet through a shared taste in music?
It’s actually hard to tell when Holy Oysters really started, there were different musicians at the beginning and it kept on changing until we found the formation we have now. We actually met pretty randomly, but we found had the same kind of musical core even though we were from different horizons and we all are musical geeks, I thinks that’s why we get along so well.
Holy Oysters is a Parisian band. Is there much of a musical community in Paris? Do musicians collaborate, help and support each other?
Yes there is! Maybe not the way you would think, but we are part of a community of friends called « la Casserole », and almost every week we all go jamming in a bar called la petite halle de la Villette, it’s more like a big funk hip hop soul party with horns guitars bass drums keys singers rappers and everything, were there’s only live and improvised music, and it always goes crazy at the end of the night, it’s such an amazing thing to be able to be a part of this!
The addictive pop of last year’s track ‘Take Me For A Ride’ got the band noticed by BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6Music, and deservedly so! How are you hoping to build on that support in the next year?
We hope we will be able to touch as many people as we can, and play as many shows as we can, share our vibes with a crowd is what we are going for after this release.
You’ve just released your self-titled EP. What did the writing process involve? Was there anything inspiring you specifically?
Patience! This record, is actually 2 years old already, we recorded it very fast, in less than a week, but it took so much time to find the right team to release it, but in the end it was worth it.
Will you be touring in the near future? If so, what can audiences expect from your live show? What do you do to connect with your audience?
We hope we are! But if everything goes as planned, yes we will. Our live show is waaaayyy crazier than the EP, we play everything live, with no backing tracks, so there’s room for real improvisation and raw playing, every show is different in a way, there some patterns but it’s never exactly the same. I think this is how we connect with the audience, with the element of surprise, for example we can jam for 5 minutes or so on a intro until some kind of climax and just drop straight to the first verse of a song out of nowhere.
Holy Oysters self-titled EP is available to purchase now.