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Up With What I'm Down With

The Holy Childhood

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Album Review

Holy Childhood is a collective of musicians who manage to combine an uncanny edge of blues, soul, electric folk, and indie. Frontman Danny Leo leads an orchestration of backing vocals, horns, piano, and guitars that are meshed beautifully in a complex manner that doesn't get lost in itself. Featuring a personnel of 18 members, the results are a soothing melody of difficult, but catchy pop aesthetics. It would be an insult to directly compare Up With What I'm Down With to any other album. But one thing is for sure: the music gene is definitely strong in the Leo family. The name can also be found in Chisel (which was led by brother Ted Leo), Van Pelt, and The Lapse (the last two fronted by other brother, Chris Leo).

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Formed in 1997, the Holy Childhood employ a rotating cast of musicians from various sects of the East Coast indie scene. With instrumentation that can be as spare as a saxophone/bass/drums trio or as large as an octet including piano, female backup vocals, three guitars, and a full horn section, the sound of the band is somewhat dependant upon their membership on any given night, but is nonetheless sonically inventive and truly in a creative category all their own. Formed under the singer/songwriter...
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