For 30 years original Rough Trade Alumini The Band Of Holy Joy have been a main part of the rich tapestry of alternative urban folk punk groups emanating from the UK. The band continues to write about the same outsider concerns with the same measure of spirit and care and man, they still put on a show.
n the back of great reviews for their latest album 'Easy Listening' and to coincide with the band’s appearance, where they headline the second stage at the NME C86 festival at London’s 229 Club on June 14th, Band Of Holy Joy are releasing a digital single 'When A Gift Is A Curse' through their own label Radio Joy on Monday 16th June 2014.
The song is a glam hymn to both good living and bad livers and pays tribute to the wayward genius that was George Best.
This is a first in a series of libationary singles spaced six weeks apart and dedicated totally to the joys and pains, the triumphs and tribulations, the art and indeed style attendant to the age old right now remember then forget about tomorrow, beautiful and ugly, sordid and sensual pastime of the older person’s habitual alcohol consumption.
“It’s become something of a tradition for Band Of Holy Joy to release my favourite album of any given year… When A Gift Is A Curse concerns the notion of destructive talent, with George Best taking a leading role…” - Louder Than War, rating 9/10
“..this band still revels in their own potency.” - The Daily Mirror, rating 4/5
“Band Of Holy Joy are an unsung British institution that understands the human heart.” - Mojo, rating 4/5