L.A.’s dark pop/alt-rock outfit Holy Wars recently released “Legend,” via ONErpm. Produced by Hunter Burgan, “Legend” delves into the unfathomable depths of thickly layered musings amidst contrasting colors of dark and light.
Front woman Kat Leon explains the song’s inspiration, “The message behind ‘Legend’ is about desire, obsession, struggle, desperation … a whole spectrum of emotions that we feel as humans in this life chasing greatness. It’s a subject that even though we may not want to admit it, we all relate to. I wrote this song specifically about the music industry. It serves as a POV of every artist reaching for success and all that comes with it … money, admiration, proof of existence and so on. In an industry where nepotism rules all and advantages are sometimes given to the undeserving, I wanted to show a side of reality on what chasing greatness can do to an average “good” person. How deep does your desire run? Why do you want it? What are you willing to do for it? This is the feeling of ‘Legend.’”
Made up of Kat Leon and Nicolas Perez, Holy Wars was born in 2017 not long after Leon suffered the loss of both parents. The duo’s debut EP, Mother Father, narrated the stages of Leon’s searing emotional pain and subsequent grief. Mirroring the matrix of Leon’s anguish, the music on the EP is visceral, shadowy, and emotionally trenchant, blending hefty bass tones with moody guitars, industrial flavors, grunge, and punk-like ferocity.
“Legend” reveals the same raw energy, traveling on post-cathartic washes of gritty textures. The song opens on tight bristling colors topped by Leon’s deliciously wicked and evocative tones, supercharged by electrifying timbres. It’s a blistering voice, full of taut graphic sonic tinctures, galvanizing and viciously alluring.
Heady background vocals infuse the tune with depth and simmering intensity, as the measured muscular rhythm pulses and thrums with opaque burly dynamism.
“Born with a fire, a desire within me / I’m a fever in your cold embrace / Wanted more when I got the taste / Played by your rules / Watching the cheaters lead / I am tired and I’m broken down / Ain’t no good for praying now.”
Hypnotic and simultaneously disconcerting, “Legend” is starkly powerful and insistent, as if caught between a rift and a revelation. “Legend” is devastatingly beautiful.