August 26, 2012


Gospel Music is "ramshackle" side project by Black Kids bassist (Heather Lovejoy, October 21, 2011, Florida Times-Union)

The name Gospel Music, Holmes said, reflects his growing up as a First Baptist Church member in an unwavering Christian household. The album's cover and name are from a religious tract he handed out to peers and the general public.

Instead of dabbling in deep thoughts or religion, though, the album's jaunty, stripped-down tunes serve as a merry-go-round for Holmes' deadpan baritone as he muses about romantic relationships. He calls it "ramshackle" music.

His spiritual beliefs started to change about 10 years ago when he found out that there are 400,000 species of beetles, he said. For some reason, that knowledge combined with travel experiences triggered a profound shift in his thinking.

"I'm more of a scientific persuasion than religious," he said. "I'm very interested in evolution."

But the band and album names are not intended to be a mockery, he said.

"[The church] is a part of who I was and who I am. I don't think you can grow up that way without it having an indelible impression," he explained.

About 80 percent of the album is autobiographical, he said. His droll and conversational lyrics are what stand out most.

Album Review: Gospel Music - How to Get to Heaven from Jacksonville, FL (PAUL DE REVERE, OCTOBER 31ST, 2011, Consequence of Sound)

Don't let the band name fool you. You've never heard gospel music this brief. Or this secular. Okay, to be completely accurate, Gospel Music's How to Get to Heaven from Jacksonville, FL isn't gospel at all. It touches on love, heartbreak, and social awkwardness. So, it's post-punk, actually. And it's not half bad. And it's super-duper cute.

If this twee trope is starting to seem familiar, that's because Gospel Music is Black Kids bassist Owen Holmes' new project. Remember "I Don't Wanna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You"? It's like that, but it's not. First, it's more lo-fi, sounding free of the weighty slab of hype dropped on that other band, circa 2007. But The Cure worship is still there (And how could it not be?).

MP3 At 3PM: Gospel Music (Magnet, November 10, 2011)

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