Photo Feature: HOLYCHILD in New York

You never really know what to expect at a HOLYCHILD show other than a good time, and I mean that in the absolute best way possible. The self-proclaimed “brat pop” duo composed of Liz Nistico and Louie Diller took to the stage in New York on September 8th, clad in a frilly white body suit and haloed in a green veil, along with a shirt full of sequins complimented by polka dot jeans, respectively. Starting the night with iconic choreography alongside some classics like “Running Behind” (which you might recognize from that one Apple Music commercial), “Money All Around”, and even “Pretend Believe” from their debut EP Mindspeak, Brooklyn was also treated to the band's two newest singles, “Wishing You Away” and “Hundred Thousand Hearts”. “Wishing You Away” already has an accompanying music video, that once again highlights the band’s creative ability to speak on a darker subject matter, spinning it into catchy lyrics that you just can’t get out of your head; the song depicts the conflicting relationship between a daughter and an absent, presumably abusive, father. Similarly, “Barbie Nation” and “Nasty Girls” from their debut LP The Shape of Brat Pop to Come provide social commentary on what it’s really like growing up in a media obsessed world, whose focus on surface level looks proves detrimental to a woman’s perception of herself. It’s impossible not to mention the stunning rendition of some *gasp* unreleased tracks like “Saturday”, whose soon-to-be-famous raunchy lyrics are sure to get you on your feet and dancing in no time. If the upbeat tunes aren't rousing enough on their own, it's likely Nistico will ensure an engaging performance by running into the crowd to dance along with you - she'll even get on the floor to sing with some extra flair, a photo opportunity you do not want to miss. The two went acapella to close the show with “Patron Saint”, a new ballad that held the audience in awed silence as Nistico put herself on the line talking about past relationships and self-worth.

-Gabby Salinardo

Delaney Motter