Holy Golden is the multifaceted musical world of Leslie Schott and Andrew Valenti. One thing they can say for sure is that you never know where your intuition might lead you. The two met serendipitously during a lunar eclipse on the island of Martha's Vineyard when Leslie, an aspiring actress visiting from Los Angeles, decided on a whim to take a ferry to the island and happened upon the record store where Andrew was working. Andrew wrote down his band’s email address and gave it to Leslie, suggesting she come to a concert that night. She bought a few CDs and left, assuming she’d probably never see him again, but as the ferry was about to leave the harbor, she felt inclined to run off the boat and found the concert.
Traveling back and forth between the East and West coasts, the duo began crafting mythological mini-worlds into songs, music videos, short films, and photo stories. It took them quite a while to begin sharing their work. What first started as a private experiment in music and film, became a thoughtfully constructed exploration to share with anyone who was interested in taking part.
Andrew decided to leave behind his job tractor driving and vegetable farming on the island and moved with Leslie to Los Angeles. During a particularly golden sunset on their road trip out west, they came up with a band name and dedicated the rest of their lives to developing their creative world together.
Their first album ‘Wax Castle’, written and recorded in various locations across the US, was released to critical acclaim and put out by Wallflower Records after the label’s founder saw them perform in Houston, TX on their first US tour in May 2017. Their following EP, ‘The Licking River’ was mixed and produced at Machines With Magnets in Providence, RI (Battles, Deertick) and named by a number of music blogs as one of the top indie EPs of 2017. Their following album, ‘Otherworld’, a concept album inspired by a recurring childhood daydream of Leslie’s, was recorded from a historic ballroom in Newport, Rhode Island, produced by Steve Rizzo (Belly, Kristen Hirsch) and released February 2018. Within their first year of performing live, they have traveled throughout the US on two national tours along with several live performances throughout the East Coast. Their captivating live performances are always evolving as they continue to dive deeper into the meaning of their work.
Holy Golden's sound blends euphoric dream-pop and 90’s alternative to create a style that evokes Kate Bush, The xx, and Beach House. Leslie’s candid lyrics seem straightforward at first but on further investigation, reveal layers of symbolism and stories. Andrew’s self-taught guitar playing encompasses a variety of styles but keeps the music on solid ground. Holy Golden’s creative process is a labyrinthian breadcrumb trail fueled by their deepest sorrows and brightest fantasies, which ultimately leads them towards an imaginative kingdom of sound. Often recording from a portable 8-track while traveling, their music is affected by the rapidly changing landscape, both in the external and internal environment. Synonymous with their music is their fantastical visual world which draws inspiration from the work of Maya Deren, David Lynch, Edward Gorey, and the lonely terrain of gilded Americana.
They are not based in any one place but have lived in many places for various amounts of time; including Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Detroit, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod. This past winter, they recorded their upcoming album ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’ at Machines With Magnets and mastered it with Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound (Kacey Musgraves, The War on Drugs, Tame Impala.)
‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’ will release on Wallflower Records and through AWAL this coming fall.
They will be touring in Fall 2018 alongside the release of their new EP.
“Brilliant in so many ways.”DIY MAGAZINE
"Holy Golden’s film, sound, and photography all make it clear that Holy Golden are far from holding back on their dreams." ROOKIE MAG
“A sepia-toned montage of all the best parts of your teenage years, melded together into one overarching, cohesive filmic entity. Sound good? It is.” SAVAGE THRILLS