Women in Music 2019

Before Heading on Tour, Holy Wars Prep for Last LA Show of the Year at the Echo

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Holy Wars

Some people have described Holy Wars' music as a post-industrial electro-goth synth pop, but I just call it rock 'n' roll.

With searing guitar riffs, tight instrumentation, soaring vocals from Kat Leon that can hold their own against any song on rock radio and deeply personal lyrics that are darkly empowering in their embrace of self-loathing, Holy Wars are hands down one of the best unsigned bands in Los Angeles right now.

Which is why they must leave. 

“We love our fans but we gotta go on tour,” explains Leon as she prepares for the group’s final LA show of the year Friday night (Nov. 22) at the Echo on LA’s east side. In the last year, Holy Wars have released new tracks “Welcome to My Hell,” “Legend” and “Born Dark” and developed their own signature film noir that taps into the darkness behind the band’s inspiration: the death of Leon’s parents in 2015, just months apart.

Holy Wars will soon be releasing one of their most powerful tracks “I Hate Myself,” an antihero empowerment track that draws out people’s self-loathing as connection between strangers. The themes can be dark, but the music is energetic and exciting and Leon mixes elements of performance art and personal strength in a way that makes for a great live show that more music fans are beginning to hear about.

“Since we've been a band, we've gotten fans in the U.K. and across the world now,” Leon tells Billboard. “And we constantly hear ‘come to Spain’ or ‘come to Nashville,’ and we desperately want to see everyone.”

The band hasn’t settled on a booking agent and is courting a few agencies but waiting for the right person who understands Holy Wars' aesthetic. Earlier this month, Leon was interviewed live at the Billboard Live Music Summit and performed at tge Billboard afterparty showcase, and after a few soon-to-be-announced dates in New York, they’ll also play some major events like NAMM and South by Southwest, hoping to return to LA in the late spring for their first show back.

“LA will always be my heart and getting to play venues where I’ve seen my favorite bands play is really special to me,” Leon says. “But the reason why I play live is because I love it so much and because it’s the best way to connect with my fans. There are fans that I've made such great connections with on social media but that I've never gotten to meet in person, and we know that we’re the only ones that can make that.”

So off they go. But catch Holy Wars once more Friday night at the Echo with Draemings, El Mañana and Figs Vision. Tickets can be found here.


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