"Talk To Your Kids About Gangs"
catalog number: GR#82 / CD


"Talk To Your Kids About Gangs" is the culmination of a recording process that began in 2003, with the line-up of Zach Hill, Dan Elkan, Rob Crow, Carson McWhirter, Jonathan Hischke, Ian Hernandez and J.R. Thompson. The group first assembled for the album "Masculine Drugs", a soundtrack to a book penned by founder Zach Hill and released by Suicide Squeeze Records. On their Skin Graft debut, Holy Smokes arrive fully formed. Where the band's debut offered a discordant free-jazz-noise-rock shock, "Talk To Your Kids About Gangs" emerges as a harmonic tangle of pitches and thunder claps, that as they unravel, come into focus as intelligible, infectious oddments of grooving sonance.

Make no mistake, these are songs: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synth, Drums, Samplers, Toys, Piano, Keyboards, Trumpet and Gadgets - no bullshit. Holy Smokes have recorded a masterfully drawn, spectral broadcast; a call to arms now and forever.

The Big Picture
Too Many Wives (All You Need Is Blood)
Pretty Much None Of Us Know Anything
Missed Connections

Don't Squab On God's Tracks
Young Accent
Quantum Leaper Of Los Angeles County
No Dice

If You Pull It Out, You Better Use It
Welcome To Say You're Welcome

I WasnÕt Scared, He Couldn't Feel His Hands Universe's N.A.R.C.
Young Man's Blues
The Big Picture (Reprise)

Zach Hill: Drums, Vocals, Guitars, Synth, Sampler, Toys, Harmonica, Piano, Trumpet
Dan Elkan: Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Keyboard
Rob Crow: Vocals, Various Instruments
Carson McWhirter: Guitars, Sampling
Jonathan Hischke: Bass, Screams, Synth
Ian Hernandez: Bass
J.R. Thompson: Recording, Bass

by Zach Hill & Mark Fischer

HOLY SMOKES made their live debut at the CMJ music marathon.

  • Download an MP3 from "Talk To Your Kids About Gangs" at the AUDIO Page
  • Read more at their BAND page