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Holopaw “Dirty Boots (He Don’t)” Video • VICE Premiere  

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Holopaw’s brilliant video for “Dirty Boots (He Don’t)” premiered via VICE Magazine. We will be revisiting the Sleeping States / Holopaw split EP this June during LGBT Pride Month.


“The name Holopaw might not ring a bell for you if you’re a troglodyte with no taste. To fill your dumb ass in, the Gainesville, Florida–based band is fronted by queer indie rock veteran John Orth, who performed alongside Issac Brock of Modest Mouse in his weird-as-fuck side project, Ugly Casanova. Over the years, Holopaw has put out a bunch of dope releases. But their latest album, Academy Songs: Vol. 1, is especially weird and off-kilter and awesome.

For the video for the single “Dirty Boots,” the band teamed up with Brooklyn-based filmmaker Adam Baran to make a beautifully shot short. The video features narration by legendary and semi-reclusive 70s gay porn star Peter Berlin (Nights in Black LeatherThat Boy), and it stars Dominic J. Fournier, the man behind the many penis and butthole pictures on the ABeardedBoy Tumblr page. According to the press release, “the film celebrates the ever-evolving queer landscape of NYC, the historically iconic erotic archetype of the leather/biker gang, and the characters portrayed in the songs on Holopaw’s album.” For us, this video is the perfect excuse we need to 86 that creepy fluffer we hire for boner-focused fashion shoots, like this one. Who needs a gimp with no gag reflex when this video’s got enough crotch and butt shots to raise a homo chubby like a Caterpillar hammerhead construction crane?”

SLEEPING STATES / HOLOPAW • Pre-Orders Come with SS / Paw’s Misra Full-Lengths • Portion of Proceeds to Point Foundation (LGBT)  

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All Sleeping States / Holopaw Old vs. New EP b/w Through til the Morning EP pre-orders will receive Sleeping States’ There the Open Spaces (MSR047) and Holopaw’s Academy Songs, Volume I (MSR067) on CD. In addition, a portion of proceeds from album sales will go to The Point Foundation – an organization designed to help LGBTQ students achieve their full academic and leadership potential, despite obstacles put before them (

Recap: Holopaw‘s John Orth and Sleeping States‘ Markland Starkie are both openly gay Misra artists. The label approached the two wildly talented frontmen about this release in early 2013. We are all extremely elated it’s coming together.

Artist: Sleeping States / Holopaw
Title: Old vs. New EP b/w Through ‘til the Morning EP
Catalog Number: MSR069
Release Date: June 18, 2013 – Two openly gay frontmen release split 12″ in celebration LGBT Pride Month

“Gorgeous… we want more, John!”
- OUT Magazine on Holopaw

“Starkie sings in a breathless lilting croon”
- Pitchfork on Sleeping States (8.0)

Bristol, UK’s Sleeping States and Gainesville, Florida’s Holopaw will release a split 12” on June 18, 2013 in celebration of LGBT Pride Month. The graceful voices of Markland Starkie (Sleeping States) and John Orth (Holopaw), both openly gay musicians, ride above innovative rock & roll on this momentous release.

Cut at 45 RPM and pressed on pink vinyl by Furnace MFG, the split 12” consists of two unique EPs. Sleeping States’ Old vs. New is a reworking of older songs in a newer context and was originally released overseas via Bella Union. Holopaw’s Through ‘til the Morning is a nonpareil nine-minute remix of Academy Songs, Volume I (Misra; 2013) done by Brian Deck. A member of Red Red Meat and Califone, Deck has produced records for Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, Holopaw, Ugly Casanova (Orth’s collaboration with Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock) and more. The remix also features additional tracking from Califone’s Benny Massarella.

Sleeping States makes its way through five songs in just over ten minutes. From the nimble “Planning My Escape” and “A Trip to NYC” to the unruly title track, “Liberty Feelup” (a cover originally by Scottish art-pop band, Life Without Buildings) and “Trumpet Calls,” the momentum on Old vs. New never dies. As Pitchfork remarked in their 8.0 review of Sleeping States’ last album, In the Gardens of the North, “Starkie sings in a breathless lilting croon.” Indeed, Markland Starkie’s gorgeous voice is at its strongest on this sharp, short, sweet collection.

Brian Deck’s remix of Holopaw’s Academy Songs, Volume I fuses the original songs in a breathtaking manner. Academy is intended to be an extremely imprecise concept album set at an all-boys preparatory academy, however, those notions are set aside as Deck blends the record into a beguiling nine-minute dream. Glimpses of the characters’ escapades and emotions surface but are quickly curtailed and melded from one sonic vignette to another. It’s an impressive amalgamation. Earlier this year, OUT Magazine beamed that Orth’s work was “gorgeous,” saying “We want more, John!” Well, here it is.

The Sleeping States / Holopaw LGBT Pride Month release is packaged in a minimalist kraft board sleeve revealing the pink triangle – an international symbol of gay pride and gay rights. Appropriated from Nazi Germany, the pink triangle was once displayed upside down and used to identify gay men in concentration camps. The packaging on this release is designed to resemble the unmarked “physique” journals of the mid-twentieth century.

The talents of both Starkie and Orth have long impressed Misra Records. With a dire need for equality still unmet in the LGBT community, do help us celebrate two of our finest artists. These are beautiful voices of gay pride!

Track List:

Sleeping States Old vs. New EP
1. Planning My Escape
2. Old vs. New
3. Liberty Feelup (Life Without Buildings Cover)
4. A Trip to NYC
5. Trumpet Calls

Holopaw Through ’til the Morning EP
1. Through ’til the Morning

Holopaw’s John Orth Opens Art Gallery in Gainesville, FL  

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Holopaw frontman John Orth is a wildly talented and productive man. In past days he pulled double-duty playing alongside Modest Mouse’s Isaace Brock as Ugly Casanova. These days the binary heads toward visual art (see image above).

Orth has partnered with Cinders Gallery in Willamsburg to open F.L.A.Gallery in Gainesville. The inaugural show, Rewilding, F.L.A., features John’s work and that of Kelie Bowman and Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels. Like them on Facebook. Check out John’s tumblr site.

>> Pre-order Paw’s “Golden Sparklers” b/w “Yearling’s Darlings” 7″ (11/13) and Academy Songs, Volume I (1/13). Thanks so much for supporting independent music and art!