Friday, December 31, 2021

Gabby Holt

Strange and the Familiars

Crystal Hotel - Al's Den

6pm - 9pm

$15

21 and over

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About Gabby Holt

Singer-songwriter

Gabby Holt

It is easy to find the Devil in The Star and The Devil, the searing solo debut from Portland rock staple Gabby Holt. Holt explores her past connections in six bristling parts, each of which she wrote while immersed in connections that were, at times, driven by addiction, fear, or insecurity. These emotions come to light in the heavy, yet deliciously catchy sound that Holt has crafted, brimming with her guitar prowess and melodic finesse. As for the Star, Holt’s symbol of healing and rejuvenation, it carries a more nuanced presence on the record, emerging not within the content of the songs but in the process of creation and reflection that the record itself has allowed.

“I look at myself with almost child like eyes, you know.” Holt says of the person she was when she wrote the songs. “That was the Gabby that was learning, that wanted to fix this situation. This was the part of me that was trying her best.” Today, Holt looks back upon the unhealthy relationships that drive The Star and The Devil with newfound perspective, cherishing her experiences from a place of honesty and growth.

“It’s still giving voice to that part of me that was in it. It’s okay to be human…it’s a really human thing to feel that way.”

Gabby Holt was inexplicably drawn to the guitar from a very young age, finding in the instrument a home that she carried with her throughout her childhood and adolescence. She began sneaking into Portland Open Mic nights in high school, and soon immersed herself in the Portland music scene. She played in various bands before meeting Daniel Riddle and joining King Black Acid in 2012, a project which she began co-fronting in 2017. 

The Star and the Devil was produced by Gabby Holt and Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Typhoon, Deertick) and features Joe Mengis (Eels) and Charley McGowan on drums, Sean Tichenor on bass, and Bryan Owens on additional guitar. Before 2020, Gabby Holt and her band played regularly, selling out their most recent Portland shows and opening for Oregon indie veterans Floater. The band is already working on their follow-up to The Star and the Devil.

website:
http://www.gabbyholt.com/

About Strange and the Familiars

Gypsy Soul

Strange and the Familiars

Strange & the Familiars bring you songs from beyond the veil, words of warning and mourning for all that humanity might lose. Dark humor and macabre lyrics lace story-minded music with a gothic flare. Orchestral rock and jazzy melodies combine with smoky vocals to paint a soundtrack to a world both strange and familiar, where our dreams and nightmares come out to play.

Website:
http://strangeandthefamiliars.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/strangeandthefamiliars/