Despite being in existence a mere six months, Cardiff, UK rock band Holding Absence has already achieved more than many do in years, and now their unique blend of emotive post-hardcore has gained the attention of SharpTone Records (Miss May I, We Came As Romans, Don Broco, etc) who have officially signed the band to the label.

Frontman Lucas Woodland introduces the band: “We speak about who we are, who we want to be, and what we stand for. We speak about those things in great depth very often, and it’s refreshing to know that there’s not much of a limit to what we can do, and what we WANT to do. As music fans, we love listening to everything from Radiohead, to Thy Art Is Murder – so there’s a large rage of inspiration there – But I believe the real goal for us is to always write something sincere and honest, that will hopefully make people feel something. The day we stop writing true music, regardless of genre, is the day Holding Absence dies. We’re so fortunate to have found a label that believes in us as people, as well as musicians, and we’re very excited to do them proud and make something beautiful for them.”

Today the band has unveiled two new videos, “Dream of Me” ( and “Permanent” (

Commenting on the “Dream of Me” single, Woodland states, “Musically we wanted to incorporate some more of our more pop and alternative influences, such as Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. Lyrically the track is about the loss of love, but also applicable to the loss of life too. “When you sleep forever, Dream of Me, When all is said and done, we ache in unison. Your absence, bittersweet. It lingers, always.””

Pre-order the limited-edition vinyl 7” picture disc, featuring both “Dream of Me” and “Permanent,” which will be released on April 15th:

Formed in 2016, the quintet has already played shows with Being As An Ocean, Casey, Greywind, Burning Down Alaska and more, as well as headlined plenty of their own. 2017 will see the band up the ante with a touring schedule already set to make them the busiest band in the UK.

Holding Absence are:

Lucas Woodland – Vocals

Feisal El-Khazragi – Guitar

Giorgio Cantarutti – Guitar

James Joseph – Bass

Ashley Green – Drums

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