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Post-hardcore quartet from Cardiff
Holding Absence are a post-hardcore four-piece from Cardiff. Formed in 2015, the line-up solidified with the addition of vocalist Lucas Woodland in 2016, joining Feisal El-Khazragi (guitar), James Joseph (bass), and Ashley Green (drums).
In 2017, the band released the double A-side single Permanent/Dream Of Me, followed in 2018 by a split EP This Is As One with Scouse labelmates Loathe.
Following the supporting tour, El-Khazragi left the band to take up bass duties with Loathe. He was replaced by Scott Carey, in time for the band’s first appearance at the Slam Dunk festival. Towards the end of 2018, Holding Absence announced their debut self-titled album, released in March 2019 to positive reviews.
In April, the band released another double A-side, Gravity/Birdcage. This was followed in October 2020 by the announcement that Holding Absence’s second album The Greatest Mistake Of My Life would be released in April 2021.
The album was preceded by a single Beyond Belief, which frontman Lucas Woodland described as embracing a sound that was more influenced by the “'80s indie-shoegaze era”.
Holding Absence also announced a UK tour for October and November 2021.