On his debut, Wild Empty Promises, Holden Laurence burst onto the Cleveland music scene and garnered widespread praise for his unique combination of 80s Alternative and vivid, vulnerable Americana songwriting.
“Wild Empty Promises is a fantastic debut that blends Mope-rock, Post-punk and New Wave deftly... with its bittersweet tone and cinematic delivery.” - Eric Sandy, Cleveland Scene Magazine
On his sophomore album, Rewire, Holden expands his musical and emotional palettes with walls of synths and glassy guitars, driving grooves, and songwriting that is equal parts eloquent and visceral. The textures are more lush, the drums more bombastic, and the sonic landscapes more vast. While songs like “Shadows of Old Love” and “Mary Magdalene” are natural extensions of Wild Empty Promises, Holden broadens his creative scope with the infectious road-trip rush of “Speaking in Tongues” and the heartbreaking honesty of “Rewire” and “Roses and a Romeo Mask.”
Holden recruited long-time collaborator and drummer Michael O’Brien of The Modern Electric to provide the pulse of Rewire. The Rewire sessions were recorded at Fe True Productions (Cleveland) and Bobby Peru Recording Studios (Milwaukee), and were engineered, mixed, and mastered by Shane Olivo, in partnership with executive producer Dr. Michael Bell. In addition to self-producing for the second time, all instruments and vocals, with the exception of drums and percussion, were performed by Holden Laurence. Holden has utilized this stable of collaborators on all of his releases as a solo artist, including Jamie - Single (2015), Wild Empty Promises (2017), Indian Summer - Single (2018), and Rewire (2019).
Guitars / Lead Vocals
Synths / Guitars / Vocals