Excerpt of CHS record review by Margaret Welsh, Pittsburgh City Paper 2016:
" ... On its new record, Pittsburgh’s Come Holy Spirit provides catharsis for troubled hearts.
... In many ways, Come Holy Spirit’s new record, Grand Island, which was released in May, feels like an expression of this open-book ethos: visceral, full of uncontrived emotion, the kind of music that feels both otherworldly and fully earth-bound. It’s kind of punk, kind of psych, kind of avant-garde. Songs are often either building or bubbling over into controlled chaos. Favano’s powerful vocals swell and boom and crack, bringing to mind Diamanda Galas or maybe Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. But sometimes, like in the aptly titled closer “Benediction,” they sooth. This is music you can dance to. It’s also music you can cry to.
... The members manage to juggle potentially tricky sonic power dynamics, and the instrumentation is alternately primal, and complex and full. “The three of us have different goals musically, and it works together,” Favano says. “We have different areas of expertise ... The musicianship in our band is so strong.”
... Ultimately, for a band that is always tweaking and evolving its material, this recording represents a precise moment in its history. But as with any successful art, Grand Island goes beyond that. The music might not be specifically political, but Favano aims to make sure that whatever she’s struggling with internally is represented in the music in an honest way. “The only thing I’m trying to do,” she says, “is just be real.”
"Come Holy Spirit is a bombastic psyche folk trio from Pittsburgh who will leave you breathless and wanting much more after you see them kill any stage they perform on. I was lucky enough to catch them for the first time at Ladyfest Pittsburgh, and wow, did they bowl me over. "
- Hugh Twyman
"Three-piece percussive/tonal mantras from Pittsburgh ... You need this."
- Graham Baldwin, 2208 Records.