If you’re going to name a song “Holy Fuck,” it better be just as bold as the title. Under normal conditions, singer Vinnie Caruana is to the nth degree capable of this as the Long Island boy that he is. He’s just not nearly like the odd arrogant types like Jesse Lacey (of Brand New) or Adam Lazzara (of Taking Back Sunday).
2005’s I Am the Avalanche was one of those pop-punk and melodic hardcore records that will never be forgotten. It was partially the area they come from (we talked about Long Island, yes?). It was also impossible to forget such cut-throat lyrics in songs like “Green Eyes,” “I Took a Beating,” and “New Disaster.” This is how I Am the Avalanche is for those of us who are still trying to get over The Movielife’s dissolve. Reunion or not, nothing has really materialized besides a few shows on that front.
Fast-forward six years.
There has been a lot of news on the I Am the Avalanche side, mostly a dream team fall tour with Bayside and Saves the Day (could there be a better combination?). But more importantly it should be about this new song, “Holy Fuck,” which is to appear on the October release of their new album, Avalanche United.
In Caruana’s scratchy vocals, he says at the beginning of the song “Check-check.” Sure, it could be him wondering if the microphone is on and works, but it’s more symbolically a question for us: Are you, the fans, still listening?
It’s (shocker alert) a song about moving on after a break-up in a relationship. How can anyone be surprised by these song topics anymore? It’s not bad by any means, it’s just totally 100 percent expected. But this time Caruana has a message for himself in lines like, “Don’t pat yourself on the back yet/ Just shut your mouth and pay your rent/ And make a record they’ll never forget/ I care too much, too much to leave.”
The response all over to “Holy Fuck” has been generally great reception. Perhaps it is greater reception to I Am the Avalanche really being back in action, because this song is just, well, alright. Let’s put it this way: if you’ve never heard of I Am the Avalanche, this song will not make you run out and buy the record. If you’re an old fan, then you will recognize the sound for in no way has the band decided to go in a schizophrenic direction. It will however be an anthem during a live set. It’s easy to imagine singing and jumping along to this because it’s catchy. The “woah’s” will capture anyone as long as you have some form of rhythm and like a good rock song in general.
Caruana told Rock Sound, “I just want everyone in the world to hear the record played live….The catharsis happens for me there, I get to go out and sing about life every single night until it doesn’t hurt anymore.” That’s what music is for buddy.