ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Holiday Party's Debut Record Was Worth The Wait

3 July 2020 | 12:50 pm | Staff Writer

There's a tonne of new music released every Friday and wading through it to find your next favourite album is an almost impossible task. 'The Music' team get it and we're here to help, bringing you our Album Of The Week each Friday. Here's why Holiday Party's album 'Holiday Party' gets our pick.

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The debut album from Holiday Party is finally here! 

The self-titled album is the work of Brisbane duo Mel Tickle and Luke McDonald, and "chronicles a breakup. Whether that’s with a partner, a friend, or a version of yourself". 

Holiday Party was co-written with The John Steel Singers' Peter Bernoth & Scott Bromiley, mastered by Jonathan Boulet (Party Dozen, The Holidays, Wolf & Cub) and mixed by Miro Mackie (Cold War Kids, St. Vincent, Mallrat).


Review by Lauren Baxter. Read more here...

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"With a hodgepodge of influences and samples — fans of The Avalanches and The Flaming Lips will surely find something to sink their teeth into — any of that lingering bitterness has made way for lush arrangements and technicolour dreams. It’s taken a while to come together, some tracks date back to 2017, but Mel Tickle and Luke McDonald are as bold, and confident, as ever. Fan favourites like No One and I’m Still Here stand tall in the mix, inviting you to pull shapes on the weekend, restrictions be damned. It’s more than an invitation though; the album grabs you by the hand and spins you, right round baby, through a dizzying array of emotions."

"There’s a sense of redemption and resolution as Will You closes the eight-track LP, the resounding “never been this sure” sitting with you despite the track’s driving, open-ended questions. Still, with the carburettor kaput and the wheels slowly grinding to a halt, Holiday Party have leant into the breakdown and cranked the stereo for an accomplished debut of junkyard pop."

What they're saying... 

In celebration of Holiday Party's release, the group have shared an exclusive look at their new video, Something That's Not Wasted

“The song is about not wanting to give any more of yourself to someone," said the group's Luke McDonald. "So naturally, the video features a murderous acid-cult in the woods.”

“We definitely threw caution to the wind while making this clip ourselves – if it made us laugh, or made us intrigued, it made the cut," added Mel Tickle. "We hope you dig it!"

Check out the video, and the album, below.