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Holding Back Entirely

by Holding Back Entirely

Three years in the making, Holding Back Entirely's combination of driving beats, hard guitar and bittersweet odes to love and loss defies easy categorization, and more power to it. Written, produced and fronted by Nikolaus Schuhbeck, the eight-song (plus
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1. pound HOLDING BACK ENTIRELY
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2. everyone HOLDING BACK ENTIRELY
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3. the runaround HOLDING BACK ENTIRELY
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4. all the way HOLDING BACK ENTIRELY
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5. down in my hole HOLDING BACK ENTIRELY
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6. no pity HOLDING BACK ENTIRELY
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7. it doesn't matter HOLDING BACK ENTIRELY
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8. enough for you? HOLDING BACK ENTIRELY
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Three years in the making, Holding Back Entirely's combination of driving beats, hard guitar and bittersweet odes to love and loss defies easy categorization. Written, produced and fronted by Nikolaus Schuhbeck, the eight-song (plus) collection features irresistible, climactic rhythms, tightly arranged melodies, soaring vocals, and lyrics sprinkled with sweet, stinging irony. From the daybreak chirping of birds in "Pound," to the ripping solos in "Everyone," and "No Pity," Schuhbeck's songs feature the unbeatable combination of introspective lyrics of uncertainty, confusion and desire backed by fast-grinding guitars : a soundtrack for those moments between abject misery and sheer joy. In other words: life as we live it.

A professional musician born in Europe and educated in the United States, Schuhbeck spent over a decade criss-crossing the country, performing everywhere from Boston pubs to East Texas honky-tonks, the Sunset Strip and underground clubs in NYC. Along the way he's refined his memories, impressions, passions and politics into the collection of songs on Holding Back Entirely, a powerful new album that features odes to addiction, angst and the sweet miseries of love and living.

Critical acclaim for a self-released EP motivated Schuhbeck to produce this complete album, a feat that's taken three years of effort and inspiration. Schuhbeck's influences include everyone from Prince, Miles Davis and Rickie Lee Jones, to the latest wave of Canadian artists like Stars and Broken Social Scene. But perhaps Schuhbeck's greatest and most direct inspiration would be the great Phil Lynott, whose presence can be directly felt in many of the songs on Holding Back Entirely.

A steadily-gigging NYC musician since '98, Schuhbeck has played with David Kolker, Emily Curtis and a myriad of R&B, pop, jazz and rock artists from the smallest Bowery gin joint to a crowd of thousands in the Hammerstein Ballroom.


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David

Very, very nice
"We're all just looking for love at the liquor store..." Great line. Stays in your head. I agree with the Bends reference too.

Laurent


It's simple, I have a three-disc player; since I have "holding back entirely", I am only interchanging 2 CDs, this one stays...
Very deep, thorough and paradoxically light and entertaining.

Monty

Tremendous record! Makes my deserted island collection!
Holding Back Entirely has all the passion and energy of a debut album with the polish and confidence that only the most seasoned musicians can deliver. It is hard to catororize this record because so many influences seem to impact it, from the Beatles to Prince to metal. Soaring vocal harmonies and wailing guitars sit tastefuly on top of grooves that drive hard in the pocket. It was a pleasure to listen to the first time and only gets better. This one is a gem - Play it loud!

Alex

moving, beautiful, catchy, rocking
just plain great songs with excellent production. comparable to "bends" era Radiohead.