Loathe & Holding Absence | Berlin @ Musik & Frieden, Berlin [21. März]

Loathe & Holding Absence | Berlin

19:00 - 23:00

Musik & Frieden
Falckensteinstr. 48, 10997 Berlin
Einlass: 19:00 // Beginn: 20:00

Loathe are an anonymous and stringent collective of 5 – (some might call it a ‘cult’ or ‘gang’) formed in an unknown part of the UK. Members are only identifiable by their assigned three lettered initials; DRK, DRT, SNK, MWL & NIL.

They are said to demonstrate a ‘hive-mind’ mentality, possessing traits which are somewhat detached and robotic. Vague; perhaps hardly human.
They are led by front man DRK – who is their commander and luminary. DRK is identified by his ‘prophetic’ mask which is always carried with him or worn… of which the significance is unknown.

Loathe are bonded together on several strict & confidential principals.
Their live shows have been said to be cryptic, un-nerving, and uncomfortable. Some say a dark and sinister experience.
Loathe’s debut EP ‘PREPARE CONSUME PROCEED’ is a heavy and compelling release; ominous and accomplished. It is a conceptual audio representation of this arcane ‘hive-mind mentality’ which is displayed by the obscure 5.


HOLDING ABSENCE are a band from Cardiff, South Wales. The band are not defined nor confined to a particular genre of music, however their sound has been described as a mix of melodic and post-hardcore with a soaring emotive vocal delivery. The band also draws inspiration from the abient, post-rock of acts such as HAMMOCK and EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY.

Their unique blend of the above musical elements, combined with a visceral and heartfelt live performance makes HOLDING ABSENCE one of the more talked about unsigned bands in the UK scene at present.

“What HOLDING ABSENCE have put together is an emotionally charged Melodic Hardcore assault, which has left me itching for more.” – Musically Fresh

“Holy fuck my mind is blown.” – Alex Baker (Kerrang!)


The aim for 2017 is to make HOLDING ABSENCE the busiest band in the UK. – And after such an extensive touring schedule towards the end of 2016, headlining tours, as well as playing successful support slots with the likes of BEING AS AN OCEAN, LANDSCAPES, CAPSIZE, BURNING DOWN ALASKA and CASEY to name a few, there’s no slowing HOLDING ABSENCE down.

“An awe-inspiring and emotional performance. [9/10]” – Musicology Online

“Watch out for this band, because they’ve got a bright future ahead of them. [8/10]” – Creation Press
“Being a band we had heard nothing about, we were left at the end wanting to know more. They’ve cemented themselves as one of Cardiff rising stars. Rating: 4/5” – Revival Media

Current releases:

After their inception and several months of line-up changes, the summer of 2016 saw HOLDING ABSENCE complete its finished line-up, going on to self-produce and self-release the new single ‘Permanent’ – Breathing a unique lease of life into the band and enabling them to fill up their touring schedule.

The remainder of 2016 will see HOLDING ABSENCE touring around the UK, releasing follow-up single ‘Dream Of Me’ (mixed by Carl Brown – WHILE SHE SLEEPS, FIGHTSTAR, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) and starting work on their self-titled debut album.
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