HOLYGRAM describes their music as a blending of Post-Punk and New Wave with Krautrock and Shoegaze elements into a headstrong, multi-layered and thoroughly contemporary homage to the sound of the 1980s, including a resolute look to the future: driving, dark and full of catchy moments. The wide range of influences of the five band members, who got together in Cologne’s vibrating musical landscape in 2015, are unmistakable: New Order meets NEU!. Their unpretentious approach to their own icons proves that references to the past must always be future-oriented, too. Previously impossible-to-combine elements come together cleverly to become the soundtrack of a city that appears threatening in the twilight.

The band is currently touring North America and took some time in between gigs to answer some questions for us.

What are you listening to right now?

All in the tour bus: Rendez Vous – Superior State

What was the first LP/tape/CD you remember owning?

Patrick: Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
Pilo: New Order – Blue Monday
Marius: Trio – Trio
Bennett: Queen – Night At the Opera

Vinyl or CD/Digital?

Patrick: Vinyl
Pilo: Vinyl
Marius: Vinyl
Bennett: Vinyl

What are your favourite bands?

Patrick: The Cure
Pilo: There’s too many to mention

Why do you live where you do?

Patrick: I moved to Cologne for work but now there is so many things that keep me there
Marius: My sister lives there
Bennett: I was born there and I like it

What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?

Patrick: Hanging out in a café with a warm coffee and a piece of cake
Marius: Good food, good series or movies, and a bed
Bennett: Pizza, videogames, and music

What essentials do you take on a plane or tour bus?

Patrick: Travel sickness tablets
Bennett: Nintendo DS – mind-altering
Pilo: We don’t have a tour bus
Marius: A blanket

What is your dream vacation if money was no object?

Patrick: The moon
Bennett: Pluto
Pilo: Staying at home
Marius: Also anything in space

What do you do with 4 hours to yourself in a new city?

Patrick: I get lost in the noise
Bennett: It depends on the city…getting food?
Pilo: Use Tinder
Marius: I really don’t know, anything could happen

What inspired you to take up music

Patrick: A sound, a thought, a good movie
Bennett: A mood which drives me to do it like Patrick said – a sound, a painting, etc.
Pilo: My nails

What advice should you have taken but didn’t?

Patrick: Learn an instrument
Bennett: Patrick can play an instrument other than his voice. He can play Bass Keys and Guitar
Marius: Learn all kinds of gymnastic skills

Who’s your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what the menu be?

Patrick: Vincent Price, anything…
Bennett: Frank Zappa
Marius: Michael Jackson

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

Patrick: Batman
Bennett: Solid Snake
Marius: Sephiroth

What was the best live gig or music festival you attended (as a fan or artist)?

Patrick: The Cure (any gig I saw)
Bennett: Sting
Pilo: Deichkind

What are your “must” read magazines, news, websites, blogs?

Patrick: Post-punk.com
Bennett: Freitag.de

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art.

Patrick: Surrealism in general and Max Ernst in particular
Bennett: Alien, Blade Runner

What does the next 6 months look like for you?

Patrick: First I need to wrap my head around the last few weeks of touring…

Which musician rule do you agree with? Always meet your heroes or never meet your heroes?

Patrick: I would like to meet some of them and some should probably stay a mystery

Thanks guys!

You can pick up their excellent album, Modern Cults, by visiting one of the links below, or catch them while you can during their North American tour.

CD order https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/holygram-modern-cults-cd
Vinyl order https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/holygram-modern-cults-2-lp
Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/12LJJjf8OkMNhJHkWdzM2w