Antihero Magazine journalist Matt Mills recently had the opportunity to do a split interview with vocalists Kadeem France of LOATHE and Lucas Woodland from HOLDING ABSENCE and chatted about the two bands’ recent collaborative split EP, “This Is As One”.
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.”
Loathe are a sedulous collective of 5, 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 US show was at highly respected Knot Fest, and they’ve toured with the likes of Bury Tomorrow, Novelists, For Today and Carcer City.