AUGUST EXPOSURE – Holding Absence

Holding Absence, 2000 Trees Festival – Cheltenham, 13.07.2018 Photo Credit: Charlotte Hall

Often there is a lot of industry discussion over the succession plan of rock music. Sometimes our community has lengthy discussions about who is the most promising name in our scene. Sometimes the answer isn’t up for debate. This is Holding Absence.

The second annual Heavy Music Awards rolled into London town last week to honour and celebrate the year’s outstanding rock music achievements from Best Live Band to Best Producer and beyond.

Amongst the celebrated were the likes of Enter Shikari, Architects, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, While She Sleeps, Metallica and, nominated for Best UK Breakthrough Act, Holding Absence.

It was a tough category pitting them against Loathe, Venom Prison, Bad Sign, Conjurer, Employed To Serve and Milk Teeth (who took home the prize) but Holding Absence’s nomination was certainly one of the most well deserved of the night.

Formed in Cardiff in 2016, Holding Absence had been together for just six months before finding a much sought after home at SharpTone Records. The relationship might have been a quickly forged one but proved to be a great signing on all sides since SharpTone have helped nurture and protect the band’s need to “write something sincere and honest.”

Through 2017 Holding Absence swiftly became one of the busiest touring bands in Britain clocking up an impressive number of on-the-road hours and leaving them in an enviable position for 2018.

afterLIVE first caught Holding Absence at their defining Boston Music Room show in March this year alongside label mates Loathe and Sleep Token before a standout performance at 2000 Trees Festival this summer.

Holding Absence, 2000 Trees Festival – Upcote Farm, 13.07.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

It wasn’t just us (and the immense 2KT crowd) that enjoyed the latter. Creeper, who were also once considered the best UK breakthrough act before becoming an international name, were clambered at the side of the stage too.

As a live band Holding Absence use an aesthetic that contributes to the show without running the risk of becoming a gimmick. Simple floor lamps with exposed bulbs embellish the stage in lieu of extensive and, more significantly, expensive stage production.

That minimal yet inventive approach only highlights the raw ferociousness of Holding Absence’s sound, brought to life by an enigmatic front man in Lucas Woodland whose vocals never fail to impress.

Under previous management Holding Absence released a flourish of singles and This Is As One, a fascinating EP split with Loathe with our Alyce Hunt reviewed here.

But now Holding Absence are an integral part of Future History Management, a new music and entertainment management and promotions company whose roster also boats the likes of Loathe, Sleep Token and Phoxjaw.

Only time will tell how this new fit will nourish the artistry of Holding Absence but with an appearance at Macmillan Fest 2018 just around the corner and a UK/EU tour with Emo heavyweights As It Is on the horizon, their 2018 looks set to turn them into a household name.

Holding Absence, 2000 Trees Festival – Cheltenham, 13.07.2018 Photo Credit: Charlotte Hall


  1. I wanted to type a word to thank you for some of the pleasant guidelines you are giving on this website. My prolonged internet look up has at the end of the day been recognized with useful know-how to share with my friends and family. I would believe that many of us site visitors actually are very blessed to dwell in a great website with many brilliant people with valuable opinions. I feel extremely lucky to have encountered your site and look forward to so many more entertaining times reading here. Thank you again for a lot of things.

  2. I have to point out my gratitude for your generosity for those people who actually need guidance on this one concept. Your very own dedication to passing the solution all around has been unbelievably practical and have without exception allowed men and women much like me to arrive at their aims. Your own invaluable suggestions implies a whole lot a person like me and extremely more to my peers. Regards; from all of us.

  3. I definitely wanted to develop a simple word to express gratitude to you for those splendid guidelines you are giving out here. My time consuming internet research has at the end of the day been recognized with good facts and strategies to write about with my co-workers. I ‘d admit that many of us site visitors actually are unequivocally blessed to exist in a magnificent place with very many perfect individuals with great plans. I feel rather fortunate to have seen the webpages and look forward to many more enjoyable moments reading here. Thank you once again for all the details.

  4. Thanks a lot for giving everyone remarkably marvellous opportunity to discover important secrets from this website. It is always very nice and also stuffed with a great time for me and my office acquaintances to visit the blog at a minimum 3 times in one week to read through the newest tips you will have. And of course, I’m so usually satisfied concerning the powerful techniques you serve. Selected two points in this article are completely the very best I have had.

  5. I want to express appreciation to the writer for bailing me out of this particular situation. After exploring through the the web and coming across views which are not productive, I was thinking my entire life was over. Being alive minus the solutions to the issues you’ve fixed all through your guideline is a crucial case, and those which may have negatively affected my career if I hadn’t discovered your blog. Your actual natural talent and kindness in touching every item was excellent. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I had not come upon such a solution like this. It’s possible to at this moment look ahead to my future. Thanks very much for the impressive and results-oriented guide. I will not think twice to endorse your site to anybody who wants and needs guidelines about this subject.

  6. My wife and i ended up being really lucky Emmanuel managed to deal with his researching using the precious recommendations he had from your blog. It’s not at all simplistic just to happen to be giving away guidelines which usually the others could have been making money from. And now we know we need the writer to give thanks to for that. Most of the explanations you’ve made, the simple site navigation, the friendships you give support to engender – it’s many astonishing, and it is leading our son in addition to us consider that that content is exciting, and that is highly important. Thanks for all the pieces!

  7. I want to get across my love for your generosity giving support to men who need guidance on this situation. Your real dedication to getting the message all-around ended up being especially informative and has truly enabled some individuals like me to achieve their endeavors. This valuable suggestions signifies a great deal a person like me and especially to my fellow workers. Thank you; from all of us.

  8. My spouse and i felt lucky that Raymond could do his survey out of the precious recommendations he discovered from your very own weblog. It’s not at all simplistic just to choose to be making a gift of thoughts which usually men and women might have been trying to sell. And now we realize we’ve got the writer to be grateful to because of that. Most of the illustrations you have made, the easy site navigation, the relationships you aid to create – it’s mostly impressive, and it’s aiding our son and us understand this idea is satisfying, which is certainly rather important. Thank you for the whole lot!

  9. A lot of thanks for all of your work on this website. My mom loves working on internet research and it is easy to understand why. We learn all concerning the dynamic method you create practical strategies through your web blog and as well as cause contribution from others on this issue while my simple princess is truly learning a whole lot. Have fun with the rest of the new year. You have been doing a good job.

  10. I wish to express my appreciation for your kind-heartedness giving support to men and women that need guidance on that content. Your very own dedication to getting the message up and down was exceedingly insightful and has constantly encouraged individuals just like me to reach their ambitions. Your new warm and helpful facts can mean a lot to me and still more to my mates. With thanks; from each one of us.

  11. I want to express some appreciation to the writer just for bailing me out of such a difficulty. Just after surfing throughout the world wide web and meeting notions that were not pleasant, I was thinking my entire life was gone. Living without the solutions to the issues you’ve resolved by means of the short post is a serious case, and the kind which could have in a wrong way damaged my entire career if I hadn’t come across the website. Your know-how and kindness in playing with almost everything was very useful. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t come across such a stuff like this. It’s possible to at this point look forward to my future. Thanks a lot so much for the impressive and sensible guide. I will not think twice to recommend your web page to anyone who desires guidance about this situation.

  12. I would like to show some appreciation to this writer for bailing me out of this type of difficulty. Just after surfing through the world-wide-web and getting ways which are not productive, I thought my life was well over. Existing minus the solutions to the issues you have resolved by way of your entire post is a critical case, and the kind which could have badly damaged my career if I had not noticed your web blog. Your actual natural talent and kindness in maneuvering every item was vital. I’m not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t come upon such a step like this. I’m able to at this point look ahead to my future. Thank you very much for your high quality and result oriented help. I won’t hesitate to refer your site to any person who needs and wants guidance about this issue.

  13. I together with my buddies came analyzing the good recommendations located on your web blog while before long I had a terrible suspicion I never expressed respect to the site owner for those tips. My young men came certainly excited to read them and have in effect without a doubt been taking advantage of them. Many thanks for turning out to be indeed accommodating and also for opting for certain marvelous tips most people are really desperate to understand about. Our own honest apologies for not saying thanks to you sooner.

  14. I and also my buddies were found to be reading the nice key points found on your web site then instantly I got an awful feeling I had not thanked the site owner for those secrets. Most of the young boys became for that reason warmed to read through all of them and have honestly been enjoying these things. I appreciate you for indeed being so kind and then for selecting varieties of ideal resources millions of individuals are really needing to know about. My sincere regret for not saying thanks to you sooner.

  15. I definitely wanted to write down a quick message to express gratitude to you for these remarkable tips and hints you are writing on this website. My considerable internet investigation has now been paid with professional insight to talk about with my friends and classmates. I would mention that most of us readers actually are undoubtedly blessed to exist in a really good network with many marvellous professionals with great basics. I feel pretty blessed to have come across your website and look forward to plenty of more enjoyable times reading here. Thanks again for everything.

  16. I am glad for commenting to let you understand what a cool encounter my friend’s child gained reading through your web site. She came to find a good number of pieces, including what it is like to have an awesome helping mood to get many people without problems completely grasp selected problematic subject areas. You actually surpassed my expected results. Thank you for rendering the beneficial, trustworthy, informative and in addition easy tips on this topic to Ethel.

  17. I really wanted to compose a quick remark to be able to appreciate you for those fantastic tips you are giving at this website. My prolonged internet search has finally been paid with sensible knowledge to exchange with my classmates and friends. I ‘d mention that many of us visitors actually are definitely lucky to exist in a notable site with very many perfect people with very helpful concepts. I feel very privileged to have come across the web pages and look forward to some more fabulous moments reading here. Thanks a lot once more for all the details.

  18. I precisely wished to thank you very much once more. I do not know the things that I would’ve achieved in the absence of the basics contributed by you over this problem. It was actually a very frustrating condition in my opinion, nevertheless witnessing the skilled manner you treated that made me to weep for happiness. I am just happy for the advice and in addition expect you really know what a great job your are doing instructing other individuals with the aid of your site. I am sure you have never met any of us.

  19. I simply needed to appreciate you yet again. I am not sure what I would’ve tried in the absence of these suggestions provided by you regarding this field. It was before a distressing scenario in my position, however , observing your skilled avenue you solved that made me to jump over contentment. I’m happier for this information as well as expect you know what an amazing job that you are putting in instructing people using your webpage. More than likely you haven’t come across all of us.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *