Holy Pinto Premiere New Song “Malady”

November 7, 2019
photo credit: Kelly Bolter

Holy Pinto Premiere New Song “Malady”

Part Of Single Trio Released Through End Of 2019

Holy Pinto are now premiering their new song “Malady” via “Malady” is the second single released in a trio released at the end of 2019. Each new single represents a different experimentation in sound for songwriter Aymen Saleh. Today’s song reflects a softer side of Saleh, featuring muted instrumentation that accentuate the indie singer/songwriter style that often comes through with his live show. Holy Pinto previously released a music video for the country tinged “Acquaintance, Friends – Love Ends.” 

The single trio will be available for purchase on Bandcamp with each release. A quote from Aymen on the series can be found below the break.

“I always want to dress up songs in a certain way, and with Holy Pinto’s currently fluid lineup and instrumentation, I felt like I had more freedom to take some different routes on the songs. I love these songs, but they each have very, very different things to say, and they wouldn’t fit in any collective of tracks I’m currently working on. The only place they fit is being together in the acknowledgement that they’re all totally different. 

I love that I finally got to have a pedalsteel guitar on a song, write a country pop-sounding chorus and couple it with word-vomit of the most unusual, bizarre, silly yet honest lyrics I possibly could (Acquaintances, Friends – Love Ends). 

I love that this disgusting, bitter song built on a waltz groove could become an electro-indie banger (Bully). 

I love that I got to completely overhaul and dampen a drum kit and sound, sonically capture the broody mood I had in mind, and tell my story through vocals closer to a whisper, for the first time ever. (Malady) 

As a three, they all work independently and I’m hoping people find interest in the differences. When I settle on a sound and a coherency to what I want to say, there will be album #3.”

The songwriter will be releasing one more singles in 2019. This single series follow his recent full length album Adult, released in March of this year. More information on new music coming soon!

Tour Dates:
November 6th – Fallston, MD @ Grateful Acres
November 7th – Philadelphia, PA @ The Meadow 
November 8th – Middletown, CT @ Mac650
November 9th – Shrewsbury, NJ @ Shrewsbury Church
November 10th – New York, NY @ Piano’s
November 11th – Akron, OH @ Kling Thing
November 13th – Lansing, MI @ First Contact

Holy Pinto is an indie pop band led by songwriter, Aymen Saleh. It began as two kids in their hometown of Canterbury, England, and is now one adult based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Originally consisting of Aymen and his friend, Ryan Hurley, the band released their debut record, Congratulations, in April of 2016 and embarked on a restless tour-schedule involving runs in the UK, Europe and the United States to support the release. Receiving favorable coverage from websites such as the AV Club, The Alternative and Gold Flake Paint, Congratulations ruminated heavily on the choice of whether to take root and nurture close relationships or live headless-chickenly – chasing travel, experience and dreams of becoming a musician. 

After Ryan’s departure from the band, Aymen would end up choosing the latter – stripping out the backseats of the band’s passenger van to install a mattress and make-shift bedroom while on tour in the United States. The project therefore temporarily became more of a solo endeavor and nomadic entity, and during this time he released the stop-gap Tales from the Traveling T-Shirt Salesman EP in the barmy World Cup summer of 2018. 

After an initial visit to Milwaukee, inspired by his love of fabled 90’s local emo bands The Promise Ring and Maritime, Aymen ended up settling in the “cream city” on a whim.  Finding a home in local haunts such as the Highbury Pub, and penning a one-off single, about aforementioned pub and his new life, called “Wisconsin”, he ingratiated himself in the local music scene – finding the music in rotation on 88.9 Radio Milwaukee and a piece in the Wisconsin Gazette. Now settled in an adopted hometown, Holy Pinto turns to release the sophomore record, Adult

Adult explores love, the paths we choose in life, the tyranny of distance, and the bittersweet taste of nostalgia. Bookended by two short-songs, titled Adult #1 and #2, the foundation of the record is a reflection on the technicality of being an adult through age – but feeling alien from the stability or maturity that it insinuates. The fun and sugary sweet “Gold Leaf” sees a twisted latin beat blended with an infectious sing-along pop chorus, while “Daisychain” finds you swimming from mood to mood, passing through golden-lens nostalgia to the sadness of lost love, before culminating in a shred guitar solo comprised of a cocktail of mandolin, synth and electric guitar. 

There are two places in which you can find Aymen these days. One is singing his songs on tour – whether it be a real venue, a bar in a one-person town in Nebraska or a barn in rural Pennsylvania. The other is at the Highbury Pub in Milwaukee on a Sunday morning, drinking Malört. Take your pick!

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