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On their reflective second album, The Bank Holidays opt for autumnal hues in place of their usual summery sparkle. Sail Becomes a Kite is a surprising left-turn for the captivating Western Australian four-piece, whose previous output has been exemplified by a giddy joyousness. Still present however, among the moodier, more filmic atmosphere is the band's indisputable grasp of melody and compelling songwriting. This time 'round though, the sun has set, the embers have been gently stoked and the reverb has been spread thick. Nylon strings are gently plucked and surf guitars drift by menacingly in the distance. Sail Becomes a Kite is the sound of The Bank Holidays at their tender best; their brilliant command of vocal arrangement has, more than ever, allowed them to cast a shadow across their most panoramic glow of sunshine pop.

1) Tripping Up to Fall in Love 2) Save Silence 3) Thereabouts 4) The Motif 5) His Majesty's Voice 6) Particles 7) Sail Becomes a Kite 8) Oxford Street 9) Without It 10) Through the Trees 11) In the Desert 12) Gravity's Playthings

"We don't refer to them as bank holidays, but never mind. Perth's perversely anglophilic indie pop collective spreads enough fairy dust with their music to beguile and distract. Thereabouts is the first single from Sail Becomes a Kite and it's a lush, cleverly crafted ball of beauty. Bekk Reczek sings like Cerys Matthews of Catatonia, leading the dreamy '60s sound with her childlike voice. And then, in the last twenty seconds of the song, her bandmates kick in with an Animal Collective-inspired harmonic burst. Beautiful." Beat Magazine

"Today, MAG recommends The Bank Holidays 'Sail Becomes a Kite'. If Brian Wilson had done it, it'd be making headlines. Lovely harmonies." JB Hifi Magaus (via Twitter)

"I need you to imagine a panda. You can name him if you like. Feed him a stick of bamboo. As you hand the stick to him, note the look of thankfulness in his eyes. You see that? The warm, comforting ecpression that make you feel as though everything is ok? That's how this double A-side from The Bank Holidays feels. The production is so elegantly understated it makes the pop perfection of their previous records seem crude by comparison. If this doesn't expose them to a wider audience, the band is all invited around to my house for a tea party where I will summarily eat my hat. Or a stick of bamboo." Drum Media, Perth


The Bank Holidays are such a warm and resilient pop band that even their melancholy-tinged second album boasts a heartening glow. Billed as the autumnal answer to 2007’s summery As A Film, Sail Becomes A Kite continues the Perth quartet’s fixation on imagery-rich songwriting, as well as the production poise and impeccable vocal layering exemplified by The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Odessey & Oracle by The Zombies. It’s all a bit familiar then, but well constructed and finished with generous helpings of charm.

Lead vocals are shared between Norwegian-born guitarist Bekk Crombie, her bassist husband James, and guitarist Nat Carson. James Crombie’s quietly desperate, reverb-coated singing instantly brings to mind The Shins; Carson’s voice is fuller and prone to ballads; while Bekk Crombie’s bears traces of an endearing Norwegian accent. Harmonies are a prime feature of this band, pairing especially well with the rippling folk soul of ‘Tripping Up To Fall In Love’ and ‘Through The Trees’. On the other hand, ‘Thereabouts’ reaches for a climax that’d be well suited to a romantic stage musical. Choir-like voices guide the measured jangle and bounce of ‘His Majesty’s Voice’ only for Carson’s ‘The Motif’ to break from the pack with chilling piano and George Harrison-esque lead guitar.

When the album wraps with the low-key triumph ‘Gravity’s Playthings’, there’s an immediate craving for another dozen tracks. And isn’t that the whole point of pop?

" Doug Wallen, Mess & Noise

"There was a time when you couldn’t enter a local venue without being greeted by The Bank Holidays and their summery pop. In the intervening years there has been European travels, a marriage and new life. Coming with these life affirming changes is a change in approach to music that is reflected on new album Sail Becomes A Kite.

The Bank Holidays are best known for their triple hit of saccharine during many songs to date, yet when giving the tunes ample space to breath, like with the slow burn of Gravity’s Plaything, they create songs that have a timeless quality. Even when The Bank Holidays hit brightest pop moments of Oxford Street and His Majesty’s Voice, they do so with grace.

Tripping Up To Fall In Love has eerie moments of Morricone spooned in with the tight harmonies and supple melody and Bekk Crombie’s affect resembles a cross between Bjork and Nancy Sinatra during Save Silence. This, and some more restrained instrumentation at times, illustrates The Bank Holidays wider palate.
It is a shame that a Bank Holidays show is so rare of late (and soon to be rarer) because with the material on Sail Becomes A Kite they have found the perfect mix of mood and melody.

" Chris Havercroft, X-Press Magazine


Perth combo get spooky on second album

Debut album from The Bank Holidays As A Film was a thoroughly loveable indie-pop record, lushly produced by J Walker and making tidy work of standard indie pop influences (Brian Wilson, The Shins etc). They are a sparser, slower, more haunting band on this wintry second album. The sweeping melancholy of The Motif comes with stately piano and when they do revisit the harmonics of Brian Wilson they do it with greater panache, as on the vibes-infused His Majesty’s Voice with its hints of both Wouldn’t It Be Nice and Til I Die. The boy-girl harmonies are as potent as ever, but it’s particularly Bekk Crombie who comes into her own as a vocalist, boasting a ‘60s-esque melodic purity (no fashionable affectations to be found here, the tune always comes first). The a cappella title track could be one of the more reflective moments on The Zombies’ Odessey And Oracle (sic), segueing effortlessly into the most James Mercer-esque moment on the album, the stunning pop of Oxford Street. All in all, Sail Becomes A Kite is not only a considerable evolution from their 2007 debut, it’s possibly one of the more significant Australian releases of the year.


" Matt Thrower, Rave Magazine

"Perth’s The Bank Holidays have released their devastating second album, Sail Becomes A Kite (Lost & Lonesome), an album still full of the band’s rich, glistening instrumentation but disquieting through lilting melodies and ominous bass and effects happening somewhere in the background. Nat Carson’s voice is the right mix of pretty, distracted, wise and fragile."

"The Zombies are sadly lost in the mists of the British Invasion of the 1960s for most people. But unlike makeweights of the period such as Herman's Hermits, the intricate arrangements, quality songwriting and superior performances of the Zombies demand they not be forgotten. Thankfully, while Perth's The Bank Holidays are around, the Zombies will live on. This second Bank Holidays album is even more in the thrall of that mix of soul, classic pop and the first stirrings of gentle psychedelica. Sail Becomes A Kite is wrapped in cashmere sweaters of harmonies, decked out in strong colours of often alluring melodies and shod in strong musicianship. ****" Sydney Morning Herald