The Have/Hold EP has gotten nothing but really nice reviews, so I copy and pasted this from the Have/Hold tumblr ‘cause I wanted to. Humble brag etc.
”Some really nice reviews of Calm Your Blood
From Killyourstereo.com -
"Having consistently played the part of support band for headliners such as Balance and Composure and La Dispute, and having only released trickles of their own material in the past, Melbourne’s Have/Hold have been hovering just beneath the limelight for quite some time now. Innovative and dynamic, Have/Hold,however, are destined for much more than the underwhelming career of a support band. Their first official release, Calm Your Blood attests to this, and with any luck, may provide Have/Hold with the opportunity they need for their vivacious and tantalising alternative rock to be propelled into the (relative) mainstream.
‘They Kicked Me Out Of The Empire, Mama’ is a sensitive and hushed beginning to an EP that is equal parts reticent and powerful. The delicate and ambient guitar lead is a elusive introduction to Have/Hold’s stylistically impassioned and potent vocal delivery. Have/Hold may, at various moments on their EP, sounds very much like many of rock’s most accomplished artists (Brand New, Muse and Manchester Orchestra to name a few). However, they come across as far too creative and intriguing to sound rehashed, and as such, avoid altogether the trap of sounding like an amalgamation of already existing material.
Calm Your Blood demonstrates an impressive ability to fuse fantastical lyricism with vocals that are both authentically urgent and melodramatic. On ‘Gethsemane’ the slow moving melodies slide along with the low croon and at times, falsetto moan of the vocalist, whose confident delivery sets Have/Hold apart. Similarly, on ‘Monuments’ the vocals, a fusion of male and female harmonies, are effortlessly commanding., and on‘You’ll Be Smoke’ the delivery is haunting and deeply possessed, at times bordering on being incoherent or hysterical.
There are tracks such as ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘You’ll Be Smoke,’ where the ambient instrumentation lacks vigour or conviction. However, where these tracks might fall short in physical strength, the intoxicating instrumental excursions, from the mild subtleties of the piano, to the varying ferocities of the guitar and percussion ensembles, more than make up for it. Lastly, ‘Drunk Letter’ is, like the rest of the EP, a lyrical masterpiece. Articulate and poetic, the track is a truly a refreshing dedication to the art of lyricism in a sea of half hearted song writing from bands who succeed in all other areas.
A deliciously tremendous and adventurous indie release, it is unlikely that 2014 has, or ever will bring to the table an EP quite like Have/Hold’s ‘Calm Your Blood’. A considerably momentous and courageous listening experience in itself, Calm Your Blood illuminates the stage for Have/Hold in the years to come.”
From the59thsound.com -
"Have/Hold are a mixed bundle, but not in their ability to wow, only in the powerful sonic nature of their music.
Their debut EP, Calm Your Blood, contains five indie-rock songs that at times, bleed over into more alternative and post-rock areas. Opening song, They Kicked Me Out Of The Empire of Mama is a nice mix of these two contrasting sounds and it definitely allows for the band to dig their hooks right into you.
The Melbourne based trio have really nailed the balance between these soft, calming tone colours and loud, soaring dynamic sections. They definitely know how to handle this sound, evident by only the first song.
Gethsemane leans towards the calmer side of this sound, and the way it builds and flows across it’s five minute length shows a real knack for song writing. The hauntingly beautiful Monuments follows suit right after Gethsemane and it only continues to wow!
One real standout moment of the EP is the vocal melody on You’ll Be Smoke, and how it echoes the older material of Radiohead. The guitars and drums are a little softer than usual, but are soon melding a gorgeous soundscape along with the very prominent bass from the halfway point onwards. The tremolo guitars melodies right at the are just gorgeous and it’s the kind of musical moment that just sends some very real chills down your spine.
As the lulling guitar/piano section of the final song, Drunk Letter, morphs into dissonance with the grooving drums, the songs kicks into full gear. The backing vocal harmonies, the buzzing guitars which drop in and out, the soaring vocals - it just ticks all the boxes. This song only asserts the fact that there is absolutely no filler on this stunning twenty minute release. From this point onwards, many might find themselves completely hooked on Have/Hold, and rightfully so as this is just A-class stuff.”
From Beat Magazine -
"Have/Hold have delivered an exhilarating, emotionally honest, stinging but beautiful debut EP that will no doubt become a footnote in the history of Melbourne rock music. The protagonist, Luke Shields, weaves a stark fragility through each track of hard-hitting post-rock to create a record that both crushes and breathes air back into your body. The opening track They Kicked Me Out of the Empire Mama deals with the unraveling of a close social set and the subsequent eviction from their inner-city town house. This three-and-a-half minute song plays out like a soundtrack to the moment when you look back over your shoulder, before you pick up your bags and move on forward without another thought for the past. That said, these songs do not belong to an interpreted existence. The sparse arrangements, coupled with compelling imagery, make them more like aural inkblots than chapters chronicling someone’s life."