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Holding Absence

plus As Everything Unfolds and Yours Truly

October 31, 2021 | 19:00


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Love. It’s an emotion that rules our lives whether we like it or not. It can make us feel like we can take on anything or feel like every single breath we take is wasted. It can make your stomach fill with butterflies and your eyes fill with tears. It consumes us when we least expect it and disappears without a warning. Holding Absence understands, appreciates and adores this sentiment and delves into the murky depths on their self-titled debut full length.

A record ultimately 2 years in the making, it is a body of work that pulls on the heartstrings from all directions with total ease and one that saw vocalist Lucas Woodland pushed to the absolute limit of his emotional capabilities.“Love is the strongest emotion in the world. It really does make the world go round.”

From the looking back on a love that has diminished due to the effects of mental health (‘Perish’) to the struggles of asking your partner to help you through your darkest of days (‘To Fall Asleep’) all the way through to watching a love you once had burning to a crisp before your very eyes yet still feeling grateful that it even happened (‘Wilt’). ‘This Is Holding Absence’ leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the ebb and flow that is so prominent within the concept of love.

Though with the uncertainty behind them and once again a full line up. Completed by permanent guitarists Scott Carey and Chris Smitheram, bassist James Joseph and drummer Ashley Green, the band are ready to take the scene by the scruff and make everyone feel just as strongly as they feel. Because after all, that’s what this is all about.

“Everything has to mean something. There is so much emotion in the world right now. This band has always had a clear vision and a clear message and regardless of who portrays the message and when it was portrayed and how it was portrayed, Holding Absence is always going to be about feeling as much as you can. Vocally, I’m just a vessel. I can’t write songs for everybody so I just want to write music that makes people feel in whatever way they can.”

With this mantra in place, 2019 is set to be absolutely huge for the band. Finally with a record that represents perfectly why they came to exist in the first place and ambition as far as the eye can see, Holding Absence are ready to become your entire world while also opening a whole new line of thinking for you in the process.

“We have waited so long to have this album and to wear it on our sleeves and represent ourselves with a body of work. Having something to represent us rather than just hoping that people understand. I want this to be an hour of everyone’s time where they can reach inside my head and see these stories that I wanted to tell and portray and hopefully relate to.”

Holding Absence play The Leadmill on Sunday 31st October 2021.


October 31, 2021
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The Leadmill
0114 272 7040


The Leadmill
6 Leadmill Rd
Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) S1 4SE United Kingdom
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0114 272 7040

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The Leadmill offers a free companion ticket for disabled customers which must be booked in advance. To apply please email ticketing@leadmill.co.uk with proof of disability once a general admission ticket has been purchased.Examples of accepted proof: Disability Living Allowance (DLA) / Attendance Allowance (AA), Personal Independence Payments (PIPs), Blue Badges & The Access Card. We will review an application without the recommended evidence on a case-by-case basis.