Interview: Holy Esque prepare for Tenement Trail

Formed in 2011 at the Glasgow School of Art, Holy Esque have spent the past few years building a solid reputation as one of the most exciting bands to emerge from the local independent scene. Winning high profile supporters across the board from BBC Radio 1’s Jen Long, Ally McCrae and Huw Stephens as well as NME and The Sunday Times Culture section, their distinct brand of arena style hooks, post-punk rhythms, and lead singer Pat Hynes’ vocals have led the band to open for Wu Lyf, Peace, Money and Big Deal, as well as supporting Haim on their UK tour and accompanying The Raveonettes throughout Europe.

Holy Esque are among the indie talent assembling for Tenement Trail, Glasgow’s festival of music discovery, taking place across the city on Saturday 29th September.

Glasgowist caught up with singer Pat Hynes for a chat.

As a band, how do you feel that you fit in to the wider Glasgow music scene?

Holy Esque have a very raw and abrasive sound, so in that respect you would think we slot right in. Although I’m not sure that’s entirely true.

Still today we see a copycat mentality passed on from band to band like some kind of strange disease. We’ve tried to make our own thing here and I think now we can safely say we’ve achieved that.

What are your favourite places to spend time in Glasgow?

Glasgow is ever-evolving and has so much to offer so it can be hard to keep up. I like to disappear to Mono at King’s Court to write when I can. The coffee is not bad too!

Do you have plans for new music or touring?

We’ve just released our second full length album ‘Television/Sweet’ and are just about to begin a tour in the UK and Europe which finishes with our headline slot as part of Tenement Trail.

Tell us about the themes and some of the music on your latest album?

The new album draws inspiration from the digital age and all the weird and wonderful things that fall under that umbrella. From strange aspects of Internet culture to societal disconnectedness, it delves into a lot of things I think more people should be talking about. The music follows that pattern and has a heavier digital influence but with the same raw passion heard before.


What’s the Tenement Trail atmosphere like?

The last time we played the street was buzzing so I would expect the same if not more this year!

What can we expect from the Holy Esque gig at Tenement Trail?

Raw, explosive energy and a new album coming to life.