Self-described “crunchry music” rockers, the Holy Alimonies (@holyalimonies) are looking forward to their next show this Friday, Feb. 21 at Quenchers (@QuenchersSaloon, 2401 N. Western Ave.) with punked-out polka act, the Polkaholics, and the accordion-driven music of Surgery. The show is aimed for those who enjoy a good dance.
The Holy Alimonies self-released their second EP titled, Blessèd Shit & Happy New Year onJan.10. This six song, gritty album, was recorded with Dave Vettraino of Public House Sound Recordings located in Logan Square.
“We worked pretty much from 10 am to 9 pm everyday,” says guitar and vocalist William Simons, speaking to the recording process. “We camped out. By the time we left there it smelled just like a gym locker room.”
Musical Influences and Sound
The Holy Alimonies draw their influence from a wide range of genres. When asked how the band would describe their music, Simons tells LoganSquarist, “Urban Country Grunge. But I can’t say it’s totally country [and] I like throwing ‘urban’ in there because to me it sounds very Chicagoan.”
The musical styling’s of punk and grunge have also played a role in the bands sound overall. Like many youth growing up in the 90s, the Holy Alimonies were drawn to the guitar-driven rock music of bands such as Green Day and Nirvana. These crunchy and gritty influences, along with their country-like feel, creates a unique sound, so the Holy Alimonies stand out on their own.
Two Years in the Making
The band officially took shape in October of 2012 when bassist Kevin Hyde and guitarist WC Mallard joined drummer Scott Lee and Simons’ who were already putting “ditties” together. Simons met Hyde and Mallard at his day job, and asked if they wanted to join the group. “I figured, ‘well, if I can work with these guys, I should probably be able to work in a band with them.’”
Recording the New Album
Simons also met Dave Vettraino of Public House Sound Recordings through his day job. Once the band was ready to record, Simons says he muscled his way into working with Vettraino. He says he told Vettraino, “Listen, my band is going to come over these three days, and we’re going to stay in your basement, and drink all your beer, and eat all your food and just make this EP.”
Joking aside, the Holy Alimonies were focused throughout the entire recording process. Even though they were recording a six-song EP, each song has four or five guitar parts, bass over-dubs, drums and vocal harmonies making it tough to fit all into such a tight schedule.
The band is offering up their album where you can “name your price.” Check out the album on their Bandcamp.
Fans interested in catching the Holy Alimonies can get tickets for their upcoming show at Quenchers online or at the door.
Cover Photo: David Sameshima