The Toronto-based electronic collective Holy F**k were formed in 2004 by Graham Walsh and Brian Borcherdt. Described as "blip-hoppers" and "a shabbily dressed Kraftwerk," Holy F**k began creating lo-fi electronic noise music with old analog musical and non-musical instruments, including a 35mm film synchronizer. Without the use of laptops or other conventional electronic instruments, they strove to re-create their chaotic, Casio-driven live presence on their albums, the first of which -- a self-titled effort -- appeared in 2005.
Known primarily for improvising on-stage with a variety of electronic devices strewn across a table and held together with duct tape, the two toured heavily and wrote tracks for their 2007 album, LP, while on the road. Featuring collaborations from Dave Newfield (Broken Social Scene) and Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy), the album received a Juno Award nomination for Alternative Album of the Year and earned a spot on the short list for the Canadian Polaris Music Prize. Former Enon drummer Matt Schulz joined the lineup in 2008, while Holy F**k wrapped up a well-received tour with M.I.A. The full band returned in 2010 with a third album, Latin. ~ Erik Leijon