hidden charms Harder from Here (4-track 12" + CD EP, £3.50)label: Deltasonic
Making a huge statement of intent with this new single, Hidden Charms sound more confident than ever before. Mounting a strong case for the title of UK’s most exciting guitar band, the 4 piece carefully hint at the psych-tinged, effervescent indie rock of their previous releases, but ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’ is the sound of a band moving forward. Written about the the claustrophobic nature of modern society - this new single is the sound of a band experimenting, finely tuning their craft - taking cues from from the past, but ultimately strengthening their grip on a fully-formed, modern rock n’ roll sound. Welding rollicking fret work together with an undeniably groovy rhythm section - Hidden Charms are the real deal. Delivering propulsive, urgent rock 'n’ roll both on record and in their fierce live performances, the South London based quartet have carved out something totally unique - the secret of which lies in their powerful bond as musicians, their youthful energy, and their tireless search for new ways to create the music they love. Capable of zigzagging from the sinister; as prowling guitar riffs snarl alongside thundering tribal drums - to the uplifting; as gritty dual vocals reach their soulful peak with melodies you’ll be humming down the shops and singing in the shower. Speaking on the release of the new single, the band said: "I think the song is about feeling suffocated in the city. From the current political climate to today's over populated planet you can't help but feel claustrophobic in this modern world of technology - where everything and everyone are instantly available to you. Isolation if a long forgotten gift." Comprising of Vincent Davies (vocals/guitar/bass), Ranald Macdonald (vocals/keys), Josh Lewis (guitar) and Oscar Robertson (drums), Hidden Charms have gained a fierce reputation for their live shows with support slots for Benjamin Booker, Hanni El Khatib, X Ambassadors and YAK over the last 18 months alongside a four-week Club NME Koko residency. Having received widespread airplay from the likes of Zane Lowe (Beats 1), Annie Mac (Radio 1) and Huw Stephens (Radio 1) - and playing well-received slots at the likes of Isle Of Wight Festival, Kendal Calling and The Great Escape over the summer, the new single looks set to propel them even further into the limelight. Hidden Charms’ ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’ was produced at Toe Rag studios by Liam Watson, whose production credits include classics such as The White Stripes’ “Elephant” - and more recent work with The Wytches and Tame Impala. TRACKLISTING: I Just Wanna Be Left Alone / Left Hand Man / I Don’t Mind / Harder From Here. DOWNLOAD CARD / CD INSERT.
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