But the stubbly cute quintet is loved pretty much anywhere they play. They fall under the smart, sweet pop rock umbrella of Vampire Weekend, using Afropop percussion and a tint of their home country’s axé and calypso.
The band hasn’t released an album yet, but with just two EPs under their belts they’ve already played SXSW, they’ve opened for No Age and Matt & Kim, and in September they’re heading to New York’s lower east side music venues, where, well, Vampire Weekend actually played in their seminal days.
I searched everywhere for a hidden Portuguese meaning for the word Holger, but turns out the band was desperate for a band alias just before a gig, so they picked the name of some Swedish guy they had met. And that’s pretty much the beginning, middle and end of that story, unfortunately.
Their track “Let ‘Em Shine Below” off their latest English-language EP No Brakes is a fine example of their upbeat summery tropical percussion sound with hints of synth.
Check out their new video for it here!
And catch them live! Here are some of their upcoming tour dates. For more (including their trip into Montreal) click here!
August 28: Festival Goma in Uberlândia, Brazil, 9 p.m.
Sept. 1: Neu Club in São Paulo, Brazil, 9 p.m.
Sept. 11: Estudio EMME in São Paulo, Brazil, 11 p.m.
Sept. 24: Cake Shop in New York City, 11 p.m.
Sept 25: Arlene’s Grocery in New York City, 11 p.m.
Sept. 26: Public Assembly in New York City, 10 p.m.