How did they get here, these mysterious black monoliths, void of texture or detail? A freak natural occurrence, an alien race, a “higher” power… or a manifestation of our own uncomprehending minds? As we draw near we begin to feel the pull, calling on an ancient power long lost in our ancestry. Our tonal prowess evolves out of the galaxy, and our brains are slowly destroyed – 1:4:9
Dial ‘M’ for Monolith is a story of evolution through space and time, taking us from the dawn of humanity to to beyond the infinite.
Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a mysterious monolith among the proto-humans of Earth. This strange obelisk inspired them to use the very first tools, kick starting the evolutionary path that would eventually allow humankind to leave the confines of the planet and venture into space.
On finally reaching the stars, humankind discover another monolith, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has progressed that far. Now a race begins between humanity and the newly awakened intelligence of computers, to reach the monolith placers and solve the mystery. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be.
The video is a tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s seminal work. 2001: A Space Odyss
ey. A pastiche of ideas and images recreated and retold in under three minutes with a stylised, hand-made aesthetic, all powered by Holy State’s driving Soundtrack.
Holy State released their first demo in February 2009, and since then have continued to release material on a variety of labels, including split singles with Pulled Apart By Horses, Brontide, Suckers, & Das Racist. Ethics of hard work and friendship have led to extensive touring and festival appearances, sharing stages with the likes of Oxbow & Melt Banana, tours with Rolo Tomassi, Blood Red Shoes & been hand selected by Biffy Clyro to join them on their UK arena tour. This flurry of activity has cemented Holy State a place in the dynamic UK music scene.