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Unlikely, I know.

Posted on May 07, 2015 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Once or twice, usually when trying to avoid thinking about something else---I've thought that I should organize a festival with a lineup including only bands/musicians who have used my straps + etc over the years. This would ideally happen in my back yard, with the spirits of Rowland S. Howard and Mark Linkous acting as emcees. #spiritualized #low #slowdive #wilco #leeranaldo #stephenomalley #swans #deathvessel #mymorningjacket#deanwareham #megafaun #neilhalstead #sunno)))

Posted in Carl Broemel, Dean Wareham, Death Vessel, John Murry, Lee Ranaldo, Low, Megafaun, My Morning Jacket, Neil Halstead, Slowdive, Sunn O))), Swans, Tom Blankenship, Wilco

Slowdive / Primavera Sound + Best Kept Secret

Posted on July 02, 2014 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Finally---pro-shot, broadcast video is finding its way out from the Slowdive shows of the past month or so. Slack jaws and tears all around. And in the clip above from Primavera Sound, you get some of the best footage of a HOLMES skinny strap ever put down. Check the 10-minute mark and wait for it.

Another clip from Best Kept Secret festival, Holland:

Posted in Neil Halstead, Slowdive

Slowdive / Hoxton Bar

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Last night in East London, a moment I'm sure few people ever thought they might see: the return of Slowdive. The venue was the Hoxton Bar and the event was Sonic Cathedral's 10th anniversary party. Slowdive was a day-of announcement. 

From the pictures and video that have been posted, it looked to be an amazing night. HOLMES was there in a small way --- see straps on Neil Halstead's Telecaster above, and Epiphone Casino, below. 

The last show Slowdive played previous to Hoxton was May 21st, 1994.

Posted in Epiphone, Neil Halstead, Slowdive, Telecaster

Mojave 3 / Hong Kong

Posted on September 10, 2013 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Drawing an indie rock parallel to a spectacularly rare bird sighting, Mojave 3 turned up in Hong Kong in late August for two shows. HOLMES is present via Neil Halstead's skinny strap---worn backwards, of which I wholly approve.

Posted in Mojave 3, Neil Halstead, Skinny Strap