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Whether you’re falling in or out of love, or staring dreamily at the stars knowing he, she, ze or they are out there looking for you too, the songs on ‘Rewire’ will fill your mixtapes and playlists with plenty of edgy, melodic, romantic, and darkly epic earworms.
An Indie Pop/Rock classic.
The feel of Soft Cell with a modern, Sunset Boulevard style twist... Holden’s dreamy vocals take the spotlight and allow that dusky feeling to wash over in a gentle wave.
‘Rewire’ is full of big melodies and dark romance.
A vintage 80s New Wave sound, his brand of modern-post-punk-rock blends in heavy hooks and heartfelt lyrics. Ticks all the boxes of solid songwriting with unforgettable hooks.
Dreamy, romantic Indie Rock.
Holden’s gaze is wide and bright, through your speakers and in his live sets – there’s no getting away from the nostalgic fun-ness.
Equal parts eloquent and visceral.
The Cleveland native is highly adept at crafting jangly, ’80s soundscapes with strong melodic appeal — led by soaring vocals, jangly guitars, and lush synths.
He references the Cure, the Smiths and Echo & the Bunnymen, and those influences are evident in the moody but soaringly melodic songs and rueful, wistful lyrics.
It won’t be long before Holden Laurence becomes a household name hovering around the top of the list of Cleveland’s best. Holden is a double threat. 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.
Throughout ‘Wild Empty 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. The melodies are huge and the musicianship is world class.
There’s something about the way Laurence writes that is at once nostalgic and eagerly presses forward. A unique voice, which could easily become as identifiable as that of Morrissey or McCullough.
‘Wild Empty Promises’ is a fantastic debut that blends mope-rock, post-punk and New Wave deftly... with its bittersweet tone and cinematic delivery.
‘A Whisper and She Takes Me’ is a smashing success. A track that integrates the mope and twang of the ’80s (The Cure, The Smiths) with more immediate contemporaries.
Drawing influence from 1980s post-punk and new wave, Laurence’s songwriting carries you adrift with the solemn tones of vintage synthesizers and guitar.
His deep storytelling lyrics belie his youth and draw you deep into the songs, while the juxtaposition of bright guitar lines opposed by smooth and sometimes dark-edged vocals play off of each other brilliantly.