San Antonio-via-New Orleans brothers Kyle & Kody Valentine aka The Holy Knives have announced their debut EP, Ritual Bloom, will arrive May 11, premiering a video for the second single from the album, “Every Day”, today via TrebleZine – share via YouTube. The four-song collection was recorded at Sonic Ranch with Latin Grammy-nominated producer Manuel Calderon (The Chamanas, Nina Diaz), taking musical cues from acts such as Timber Timbre, Morphine and The Afghan Whigs. In addition to their previously announced run of April tour dates, the band has added May dates, including their New York City debut on May 16 (see all confirmed dates below).
The Holy Knives took their name from a combination of two of their favorite works of art, the film “The Holy Mountain” by Alejandro Jodorowsky and the poetry book The Singing Knives by Frank Stanford. Both of these works, while of different mediums, conjure a flood of beautiful, thought-provoking imagery, as well as share a fearlessness and a quest for truth through the irrational that Kyle & Kody strive to capture in their music.
Another inspiration is Spanish surrealist poet Federico Garcia Lorca and his term “duende”, a word Kyle and Kody deeply associate with the music they create. Duende is spine-chilling art, something that rises from the depths of the soul and is born of the blood. It is something beyond logical comprehension that one feels deeply and understands intuitively. Lorca says the duende, “is a power, not a work. It is a struggle, not a thought.” It is a dark, mysterious force that exists but cannot be explained. As opposed to the muse, the duende is an inspirational spirit the artist has to battle every day in hand-to-hand combat.
The Holy Knives work to embody this idea in both their music and their live show, by having visceral, dreamy music combined with a passionate performance. Their musical vision is powered by their belief in the power of the subconscious as a guide in creating something both unique and universal, something with emotional power that people can relate to and feel deeply in both their blood and bones.
04/06 – San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar
04/07 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
04/08 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note Lounge
04/09 – Fayetteville, AR @ Backsapce
04/10 – Little Rock, AR @ The Sonic Temple
04/11 – Tulsa, OK @ The Soundpony
04/12 – Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s
04/13 – Memphis, TN @ Lamplighter Lounge
04/14 – Nashville, TN @ The 5 Spot
04/15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Bakery
04/16 – Athens, GA @ Flicker Theater & Bar
04/18 – Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo
04/19 – New Orleans, LA @ Santos
04/20 – Baton Rouge, LA @ 524 Studios
04/21 – Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
05/10 – San Antonio, TX @ Ventura
05/11 – Dallas, TX @ Whiskey Business
05/13 – Columbus, OH @ Bossy Grrl’s
05/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s
05/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Pharmacy
05/16 – New York, NY @ Berlin
05/17 – Washington, DC @ Velvet Lounge
05/19 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia Lounge
01. Every Day
02. To Be Me
03. Do You Ever Run?
04. Hex On You