• Charlotte Claber

Moments with Holding Absence

Charlotte sat down with Ash of Holding Absence at Deadbolt Festival to discuss their rise as a band from their early signing at Sharptone

What was it like being asked to play Deadbolt Festival?

It was sick. We’ve heard of the festival prior to this year and we’ve had friends who’ve played the festival before so it was an honour. To have such a good slot was a privilege, the venue is really nice and it’s not the first time we’ve played Manchester.

How would you describe your sound and direction to someone who’s never listened to you before?

It’s not a single direction, it’s very omni-directional. There’s a lot to the sound of what Holding Absence is. We like to incorporate not just heavy rock and metal vibes, but lots of poppy elements, indie sounds and we take a lot of influence from bands like that. We love bands like Turnover and Caspian as well as My Bloody Valentine and The 1975. I feel like if you haven’t listened to us before, it’s like listening to something new but also something quite familiar too.

So, you were on the Young Guns tour, how was that for you guys?

Indescribable, all the shows were great. Young Guns and Beyond Recall were great, definitely the most sound bands we’ve ever played with. The shows every night were also some of the biggest shows we’ve played. It was such a new experience but also a step up from what we’ve done before. We felt really comfortable on the stages and hopefully it comes as more of a familiar thing to us. Ideally next year.

What was it like signing to Sharptone so early in your career?

Sharptone got in touch with us really early on, even before ‘Dream Of Me’ was released. We’d been on tour for a couple of days, it was our first tour. They got in touch the day before our last date and we kept a working relationship with them until it finally was released. They were such a passionate label, they never asked us for goals or deadlines, they asked us what we wanted to do and what we wanted to achieve and write. It was more that they understood us as people and artists rather than just numbers for their business. It’s been a really nice relationship and we have a really solid team.

‘Permanent’ has quite a heavy subject matter, why do you think it’s so important to speak out about these things in the music scene?

I think it’s not spoken about enough. When we’re performing as Holding Absence, it’s very much us as 4 individuals being ourselves for 30 minutes. For us to perform something we aren’t passionate would be very insincere, it would almost be like lying to the people who come to see us. It’s something that needs to be spoken about and addressed more. It’s important that everyone has someone to talk to and turn to no matter their situation. We see it so much now in the media about young men in their twenties, thirties, forties and so on and yet so little is being done.

You played Download with so many other welsh bands, what’s it like seeing them do so well, as well as yourselves!

Bands like Casey, Astroid Boys, Venom Prison, Junior. It’s so so good, sadly I’m not from Cardiff but as a testament to the Cardiff music scene I moved 200 miles for it. It’s so humbling and a striving scene to be a part of. Casey, Junior, we’ve all been friends with so to see them grow and do so well is an honour. Obviously Casey are doing the Kerrang tour which is mental and it’s just class! Hopefully it’s that new wave of welsh bands now that do the scene proud and inspire younger kids coming up into the scene. The welsh scene is so family orientated, even if you don’t know someone you probably know someone in their band and everyone supports and helps everyone out. It’s a loving circle of musicians that all get each other.