Darin Bennett and The Requiem is a band from Los Angeles, and Holdin’ Me is the first song to be dropped to build anticipation for debut EP Midnight Storybook. The band has received comparisons to the like of Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Bruce Springsteen, and pioneers of music Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Robert Johnson.
The primary source of Holdin’ Me’s instrumentation is the slide banjo. The melody performed has a very western feel to it, which ties in really well with the excellently shot video for the song. It also provides a nice bit of change from other debuting artists, not many of them will use a banjo I presume.
The song is solid, with Darin Bennett’s vocals helping to drive the track forward with his slightly bluesy/gravely voice, and he uses it to it’s full potential too, booming it loudly in the latter stages of the track. “It's like Instagram on Acid being dropped by a 15 year old watching an episode of 24 on MTV in 1989.” Is how they describe it, and well, I wouldn’t disagree.