Dance duo Holy Ghost! may have only released its second album this year, but the musical pairing of Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser has been together for decades.
The band can ultimately trace its roots back to elementary school in New York City, where Frankel and Millhiser met as seven year olds.
The pair received significant attention with Automato, a 2004 live hip-hop group that put out an album produced by DFA Records, which was co-founded by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. The group soon dissolved, but Frankel and Millhiser stuck with DFA and returned with 2007’s “Hold On,” a synth-heavy, sing-along dance number.
They released a self-titled collection of songs, including the popular dance track, in 2011.
“It cemented an idea of what people have come to expect from Holy Ghost!: Riveting songs filled with analog warmth and wonderful, driving, catchy rhythms,” according to DFA Records.
The band released its sophomore effort “Dynamics” in September and has been playing to enthusiastic crowds on a nationwide club tour that wrapped up in Chicago over the weekend.
Holy Ghost! also performed “Dumb Disco Ideas,” a throbbing dance anthem, on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on Halloween night. During a phone interview last week, Frankel said getting the late night slot was a dream of the New York City band and their parents.
The music-writing duo is now able to perform with a live band. Frankel said Holy Ghost! strives to get themselves and their audience to a place where they forget themselves.
“That’s what I’m hoping onstage,” Frankel said, “and I think hoping the people in the crowd too — to take a break from their normal head spaces.”
Adam Jensen, Lake Tahoe Action