The Holydrug Couple - CANCELED

By The Miniplex (other events)

Sat, Oct 6 2018 9:00 PM Sun, Oct 7 2018 1:00 AM

EDIT 10/2/18: The Holydrug Couple has had to cancel their entire U.S. tour unfortunately. If you bought tickets already, they have been refunded. We hope to host them some time in the future, thanks for your interest!

"Chilean psych-pop duo The Holydrug Couple have always taken a blissful approach to the idea of psychedelia. Their sound doesn’t embrace the attack of fuzz or anger of feedback so much as it seeks to strand listeners in a euphoric cocoon of dazzling light and sound." - Raven Sings the Blues

It was 10 years ago, in a house on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, that Ives Sepúlveda Minho and Manuel Parra started playing music together, and The Holydrug Couple was effectively born. A decade later, they’ve made 'Hyper Super Mega,' an album that represents the culmination of everything they’ve learned in their years as a band. If 'Hyper Super Mega' feels like a classic pop record, that’s because Sepúlveda and Parra spent much of the recording process thinking about the classic pop records of the ’60s and ’70s. Masterpieces by bands like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Fleetwood Mac were all reference points, not always explicitly in sound, but certainly in spirit. The duo approached the mythos of the “classic album” from their own inimitable psych-pop perspective. By that criterion, 'Hyper Super Mega' is a massive success. 

"A decade since their formation, The Holydrug Couple continue to push psychedelic-pop to the extremes... The first half is silky smooth and sensual, feeling like the perfect kiss goodbye to the steamy months... The second half offers more laid-back, chilling tunes, most are largely instrumental and all are otherworldly in their orientation. Taken as a whole, the songs slowly move from the tangible through the rabbit hole and into a musical Wonderland." - The Revue

"This one is deeply woozy, and it makes me think about Kurt Vonnegut’s Sirens of Titan and their alluring cosmic song... The band plays a juxtaposition of distant radio waves detected from an alien universe and beautiful acoustic sounds from the bowels of our dear Mother Earth." - Soundblab

"The words that make up the album title point to both the album’s vibrancy and dark underbelly. On one hand, those flashy words reflect the album’s rapid paintball fire of colors and on the other hand, those words are indicative of the record’s lyrics that reflect an exhaustion from uber capitalism and unrelenting sensory overload." - Paste

"The Holydrug Couple’s 2013 debut ‘Noctuary’ was an overtly psychedelic listen, smothered in hazy riffs and barely-there vocals... This follow-up makes it quickly apparent that the Chilean duo still have their heads in the clouds. Its revolving synth pattern revolves relentlessly, before bleeding into the aptly named ‘Dreamy’, whose deft use of the bass guitar mirrors Kevin Parker’s sleepier Tame Impala tracks. ‘Moonlust’’s remainder is enjoyably dozy and intrigues most when the band wheel out tricky guitar solos (‘Light Or Night’) or synth parts (‘U Don’t Wake Up’) that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on an episode of space-age mouse animation TV show The Clangers in the ’70s." - NME on previous album 'Moonlust'

With local support from CV (supergroup featuring members of White Manna and The Hard Ride).