Holy Ghost!

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Holy Ghost!
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Holy Ghost! performing at North Coast Music Festival in Chicago, September 5, 2010
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Years active 2007–present
Labels DFA
Associated acts The Juan MacLean
Website www.holyghostnyc.net
  • Nick Millhiser
  • Alex Frankel

Holy Ghost! is an American synthpop duo from Brooklyn, New York City, consisting of Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel.[1]


Millhiser and Frankel both grew up on the Upper West Side of New York City and attended elementary school together.[2] They were later part of a hip hop group called Automato. Automato's debut album was produced by James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy of DFA. After the release of the album, Automato "kind of fell apart".[3] However, Millhiser and Frankel kept working on music. Initially it was going to be more hip hop work, but decided to create music with vocals and poppier arrangements.

The name Holy Ghost! was selected just before the pressing of their debut single "Hold On" in November 2007.[2] The single was described by Resident Advisor as "one of the dirtiest little Italo tunes you're likely to hear this year".[4]

The duo continued to work on various remixes for the likes of Moby, Cut Copy and MGMT. Their second single, "I Will Come Back" was initially released in conjunction with Mountain Dew's Green Label Sound record label. A video was made for the single that is a shot-for-shot remake of New Order's "Confusion" video, including Arthur Baker reprising his role from the original.[5] The song was later included on the Static on the Wire EP, released on the 18 May 2010.[6] The duo also began to play live, starting with a tour with label mates LCD Soundsystem.[6]

The duo's self-titled debut album was released on April 2, 2011.[7][8] Their second album, Dynamics, was released on September 3, 2013. The duo's second extended play, Crime Cutz, was released on April 29, 2016.[9]



Extended plays[edit]

Mix albums[edit]

  • The Remixes Vol. 1 (2009)
  • Work for Hire (2015)[10]


Title Year Album
"Hold On" 2007 Non-album single
"I Will Come Back" 2009 Static on the Wire
"Hold On"/"On Board" (Friendly Fires vs Holy Ghost!) 2010 Non-album single
"Say My Name" Static on the Wire
"Do It Again" 2011 Holy Ghost!
"Wait & See"
"Hold My Breath"
"I Wanted to Tell Her" Non-album single
"It's Not Over" 2012 Holy Ghost!
"It Gets Dark" Non-album single
"Dumb Disco Ideas" 2013 Dynamics
"Teenagers in Heat" Non-album single
"Okay" Dynamics
"Bridge & Tunnel" 2014
"Crime Cutz" 2016 Crime Cutz


Title Year Artist
"Goblin City" 2007 Panthers
"Spectacle Wins" Only Fools and Horses
"I Love to Move in Here" 2008 Moby
"Business Acumen" In Flagranti
"Hearts on Fire" Cut Copy
"Moon Song" They Came from the Stars I Saw Them
"I Can See" Jazzanova featuring Ben Westbeech
"Of Moons, Birds and Monsters" MGMT
"The Deep End" 2009 Curses!
"Lisztomania" Phoenix
"The Pretender" Datarock
"Drunk Girls" 2010 LCD Soundsystem
"Love Get Out of My Way" Monarchy
"Somebody to Love Me" Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. featuring Boy George and Andrew Wyatt
"Moments of Excellence" 2011 Black Van
"Drop Me a Line" Midnight Magic
"Blue Moon" 2012 Moby
"Working the Midnight Shift" 2013 Donna Summer
"Let Go" RAC featuring Kele & MNDR
"You're Not Good Enough" Blood Orange
"Birthday" 2014 Katy Perry


  • Nick Millhiser
  • Alex Frankel

Touring members[edit]

  • Chris Maher – guitar, percussion, background vocals (2010–present)
  • Erik Tonnesen – synthesizers, background vocals (2010–present)
  • Sam Jones – synthesizers, percussion, background vocals (2011–present)
  • Chris Berry - drums (2014–present)
  • Jim Orso – drums, background vocals (2011–2014)


  1. ^ Relaxnews (May 16, 2011). "Most blogged artists: synth pop duo Holy Ghost! releases free track, new video". The Independent. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Reynaldo, Shawn (January 12, 2009). "Exclusive Holy Ghost! Interview". XLR8R. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Evans, Robert (March 15, 2010). "Holy Ghost! Interview: SXSW 2010". Spinner UK. AOL Music. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ Burns, Todd L. (November 9, 2007). "Holy Ghost! – Hold On". Resident Advisor. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Rees, Thomas (July 9, 2009). "Holy Ghost!'s "I Will Come Back" Vid". XLR8R. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Breihan, Tom (April 27, 2010). "Holy Ghost! Remix "Drunk Girls", Tour With LCD Soundsystem, Release EP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ Maguire, Chris MUG5 (February 3, 2010). "Holy Ghost! Reveal Album Art, Plot U.S. Tour with Cut Copy". AltSounds. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Holy Ghost! Makes Room for Us". Interview. February 3, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Crime Cutz". Holy Ghost! Bandcamp Page. Retrieved May 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ Geslani, Michelle (April 7, 2015). "Holy Ghost! announces remix album, premieres rework of Hanni El Khatib's 'Two Brothers'". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 

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