Recent Press

Our first single “I Guess It’s Enough” was included in Nylon’s Soundcheck 8/25.

Our second single “Stray Dog” was premiered by New Noise on 10/1


Press Quotes

“The Cure as produced by David Lynch” – Blackbook

“Somber Neo-Psychedelia” – Noisey

“A mixture of Western gothic twang and moody synth-pop” – Treble



The Holy Knives is the sonic vision of brothers Kyle and Kody Valentine, a band that infuses the sultry sounds of rock & roll with a tinge of desert psychedelia.  Born and raised in New Orleans, residing in San Antonio, The Holy Knives released their debut EP, Ritual Bloom, this spring, performing at SXSW before touring across the United States.  In between they travelled to Sonic Ranch studios in the deserts of West Texas, recording what would become their debut full-length album Year of the Black Dog, released November 2.  The album will be supported with a run of Texas performances followed by a tour of the northeast and the west coast.

Kyle & Kody wrote over 100 songs in the past year, selecting what they felt best captured where they are currently as musicians and people. As with Ritual Bloom, the guys worked with Latin Grammy-nominated producer Manuel Calderon (The Chamanas, Nina Diaz), who helped shape their desert dreamscapes.  Calderon’s band mate in The Chamanas, Paulina Reza, provides backing vocals on multiple tracks, providing a perfect foil to Kody’s haunting baritone.

Listening to Year of the Black Dog is like wandering through a melancholy desert dream. It is a mood-driven album with a western heart. The atmosphere creates a surreal backdrop to Valentine’s self-exploratory lyrics. When this album was being written, there was no thematic center for its ideas. Instead, it could be thought of as something more like a dream journal, a deep dive into themselves. For The Holy Knives, Year of the Black Dog is a collection of cathartic confessionals that serves as their first self-portrait.

The Holy Knives took their name from a combination of two of their favorite works of art, the film “The Holy Mountain” by Alejandro Jodorowsky and the poetry book The Singing Knives by Frank Stanford. Both of these works, while of different mediums, conjure a flood of beautiful, thought-provoking imagery, as well as share a fearlessness and a quest for truth through the irrational that The Holy Knives strives to capture in their music.

Drawing musical inspiration from acts such as Timber Timbre, Arctic Monkeys, Beach House, and Portishead, The Holy Knives’ could be imagined performing at the Bang Bang Bar from Twin Peaks or playing in a True Detective episode. Their belief is that music is a sacred weapon you can use to ward off the march of reality.


Underground Music Showcase | Denver, CO | July 2019

Canadian Music Week | Toronto, CA | May 2019

Valley of the Vapors | Hot Springs, AR | March 2019

SXSW | Austin, TX | March 2019

Savannah Stopover | Savannah, GA | March 2019

Family Gras | New Orleans, LA | February 2019


The Chamanas – Kody wrote the lyrics for their single “La Verdad” off their new album NEA II

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Single Downloads

Stray Dog

I Guess It’s Enough

Every Day


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Stage Plot

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Upcoming Shows

Year of the Black Dog East Coast Tour

05.02 | New Orleans, LA | Banks Street Bar

05.03 | Nashville, TN | The East Room

05.04 | Atlanta, GA | Union EAV

05.07 | Toronto, ON | Canadian Music Week Festival | The Garrison

05.08 | New York, NY | Alphaville

05.09 | Baltimore, MD | Sidebar

05.10 | Philadelphia, PA | Ortlieb’s

05.11 | Washington, DC | Songbyrd

05.12 | Pittsburgh, PA | Spirit

05.13 | Detroit, MI | PJ’s Lager House

05.15 | Columbus, OH | Space Bar

05.16 | Chicago, IL | Elbo Room

05.17 | Kansas City, MO | Replay Lounge

05.18 | Tulsa, OK | The Rabbit Hole


Summer Tour Dates

06.20 | Houston, TX | Satellite Bar

06.21 | Austin, TX | Mohawk

06.22 | Dallas, TX | Armoury

07.25 | Albuquerque, NM | Moonlight Lounge

07.27 | Denver, CO | Underground Music Showcase

07.28 | Santa Fe, NM | TBA




Kody Valentine | Vocals, Guitar

Kyle Valentine | Guitar





Vicky Hamilton

Phone | +1 (213) 434-8336

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The Syndicate | Jeff Kilgour

Phone | (201) 864-0900 X216

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The Syndicate | Brendan Bourke

Phone | (201) 864-0900

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Kyle Valentine

Phone | +1 (504) 473-7275

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