HOLDEN LAURENCE RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM, WILD EMPTY PROMISES
Cleveland Indie/Alternative artist Holden Laurence, also a member of local Indie-rock band The Modern Electric, released his debut album, Wild Empty Promises, on May 5, 2017.
On Wild Empty Promises, Holden builds on the foundations of early alternative by combining elements of Mope-rock (The Cure), Post-punk (The Smiths), and New Wave (Echo & the Bunnymen) with Americana (Ryan Adams) and Modern Alternative (The Killers). Vintage synths, chorus-laden guitars, and steady grooves highlight an expansive sound that complements his vulnerable and vivid songwriting.
Cellar Door Cleveland raves: "It won’t be long before Holden Laurence becomes a household name hovering around the top of the list of Cleveland’s best... He’s both an incredibly gifted musician technically and also a hell of a songwriter. These two factors create one powerful force that leaves tunes like 'Broken Waltz' rattling around in your brain long after last listen."
Popdose praises: "Elegant and sophisticated pop. The melodies are huge and the musicianship is world class. Throughout ...Promises, Laurence mines the best of the Just Say Sire (Records) playbook... Echo & the Bunnymen, The Ocean Blue and The Smiths, shimmer throughout the set, as does an undercurrent of classic rock slow churned with Ryan Adams-style Americana."
Midwest Action proclaims: "There’s something about the way Laurence writes that is at once nostalgic and eagerly presses forward, leaving his mark in an effortless way. On 'A Whisper and She Takes Me,' the Berklee grad builds a simple soundscape that showcases his unique voice, which could easily become as identifiable as that of Morrissey or McCullough. The song’s backing vocals will have you singing along... but it’s the cascading guitar lick at its exit that will be stuck in your head all day."