"From the brazen debris of Washington DC’s Closet Christ comes Hologram darting at you with their debut EP of disarray that will leave you in a state of confusion. Questioning if what you had heard was reality. From mid tempo to bull paced charged in your face, this will leave you topsy turvy. If forced to compared it to reality, sloppy yet tight Italian hardcore created by an absolute maniac who lacks the ability to process pitch." DJ Kombat.
Build Yourself up so Many Times Only to be Brought Down Again and Again was recoded by Emil Bognar Nasdor and comes in a pocket sleeve and insert designed by the band’s frontman and songwriter Brendan Reichhardt.
Our take: Debut 7” from this Washington, DC band. While a lot of rather professional and polished-sounding music has come out of that city in the past few years, Hologram don't sound professional or polished. They are raw and confrontationally progressive, with a vibe more like a contemporary New York / Toxic State band than the more clean-cut sound I associate with DC. Their fast, hardcore parts are loose and wild a la Wretched or Negazione, which they accentuate with a mix that highlights a very trashy-sounding crash cymbal. If Hologram had filled a 7” with this kind of wild and out of control hardcore I would already recommend it, but they’re more than just a visceral hardcore band. “Reprieve” is a short noise piece that sounds like it could have been an outtake from the Eraserhead soundtrack, but my favorite track is “Mirroring,” which starts with an unsettling fast hardcore riff, then heads into a noisy breakdown that brings the abstract elements of “Reprieve” into the context of a hardcore song. There are plenty of bands out there with noise interludes (Geld springs to mind as a recent example), but I can’t think of another band off the top of my head who builds that sense of experimentation into their hardcore tracks as effectively as Hologram. If you like both experimental, genre-bending hardcore and the loose and wild sounds of the Italian classics I cannot recommend this record highly enough.