In the name of the Father, the Son and the… Holy Ghost! I have been looking forward to seeing these guys live for some time now. When I heard the song “Hold On” early last year on the soundtrack for the HBO series How to Make It in America, I put it on repeat (it had a short stint as my ring-tone as well). Holy Ghost! was started by Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser, both formally of Automato — two New York artists that met in school as kids.
Lately the song that’s tickling my dance/disco bone is “I Will Come Back,” and I cannot tell you how electrified the attendants at the Music Hall of Williamsburg became upon hearing the first few notes. Although this song is not on the album, it was a huge thrill to see them perform it live, and I suggest you take a listen! I curse being born in a non-disco, non-80s era, and this concert held me in its arms and told me, “Fear not because Holy Ghost! delivers a funky, electro, soulful and booty bumping good time for you now, girl.”
The show was full of surprises, like the luscious vocals of LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang, who added a whole new layer to their sound. They did a Friendly Fires cover, “On Board,” which basically had the whole dance floor jamming in unison (except for one guy who might have been rolling his face off and was doing what can only be described as a “tree blowing in the wind move”).
Holy Ghost! continued to rock our bodies by playing all the songs off their album, including pulling at our heart strings with “Jam for Jerry,” dedicated to the late drummer Jerry Fuchs. When it came time for the encore, guess who decided to bless the stage with his smooth moves and debonair style? Chromeo band member Dave 1 whipped out his guitar and sent the crowd into a screaming frenzy. His brother, A-trak, was in the audience as well, watching big bro do his thaaaaang on stage.
All in all, not too shabby of a night. I’ve been a Holy Ghost! fan for life, and cannot wait to see them busting out the cowbells once more at a future concert.