Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser grew up on Upper West side of New York City and their first group was the hip hop group Automato, produced by DFA’s James Murphy. They renamed Holy Ghost! in 2007 just before their debut single Hold On.

They emerged as a prolific remix team as well as creating their own music fully inspired by 80’s club music, melancholy vocals over an uplifting sound, electronic post disco and synth pop.