There are but a few requirements to achieving respect in the Music Business. Passion for your work? Yeah, passion is one of them. Creativity? Okay, we'll give creativity a stake in it. But the factor above all others - even those that experts who are assumed to know considerably more than proposed - is abstinence from processed American cheese. Okay, not just cheese food as it appears on your grocer's shelf, but as it represents all that is contrived and self-important in art in general and music in particular. In this case The Holy Cows haven't had a slice of American processed cheese since their birth as a band in May, 1987. They have scrupulously fed on the natural and organic components of serious Rock and Roll found in their native Chelsea, MI. With their new release "Get Along" The Holy Cows are on a crusade to thwart that which displays the yellow-orange dinge that covers the insincere, synthetic ambitions of less discriminating artists. And they're gonna do it the old fashioned way: with two powerful guitars, a thumping-tight rhythm section, and vocal harmonies that would make the Everly Brothers proud. The Holy Cows aren't all flash. However, they demand respect and garner praise wherever they go (CBGB's, The Cabaret Metro, St. Andrews Hall, etc.) for their direct and emotional approach to their music. There is evidence aplenty on "Get Along" (recorded at the venerable Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN.) why this is the next great Midwestern Rock and Roll band. You learn to like them because they are good and good for you, and you'll soon get over the fact that they don't melt as easily.
The Holy Cows first got together in their hometown of Chelsea, MI, back in 1987 while founders Michael Feeney (bass/vocals), John Popovich (guitars/vocals), Scott Salyer (guitars), and Mike Popovich (the drum kit) were still in high school. It was quite a while before the Midwesterners managed to finish their first CD, but the self-released debut, Get Along, was worth the wait. A jangly combination of alt-country and indie rock, Get Along almost awakens ghosts buried deep underneath the tiny Athens, GA, pubs once haunted by a young R.E.M. After Get Along received greater than expected regional attention from college radio, The Holy Cows were signed to independent label Big Pop Records, which promptly re-released the group's first offering. The 1997 follow-up, Blueberrie, was rolled out to a similarly positive response. The single "Punched a Friend" made a brief foray into the exclusive realm of commercial radio (where tiny outfits like Big Pop never compete with the marketing and talent muscle of the majors). Not much was heard from the group after Blueberrie, but The Holy Cows left a decent legacy in the form of their two staunch, energetic releases.