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…AND THE HANGNAILS – ‘DOG’ Album Review

…AND THE HANGNAILS – DOG

and-the-hangnailsBased between York and London, …And The Hangnails are a two-piece band made up of guitarist, Martyn Fillingham and drummer, Steven Reid.  They celebrate a DIY and positive mentality and the band have self-funded all of their recorded output, created their own artwork and booked their own tours.

…And The Hangnails have a critically acclaimed back catalog and DOG is their 4th full-length album. It will be released on May 12th on Young Thugs Records (see link below) and from the very opening drumstick count in on Don’t Waste My Time, you know that you are in for a treat. Completely betraying the fact that there are two musicians, the wall of sound that hits you is breathtaking. Like Royal Blood meets The Exploited, …And The Hangnails create a monster sound and this is one of strongest releases on the year so far.

Junk is the second of ten songs on the album and is surf-punk in beat and approach with drums, vocals and guitars combining to create a unique and powerful track that had me smiling from ear-to-ear! With Too Far Gone the melody is driven by some fantastic drumming and mind-blowing guitar – it verges into territory occupied by The Chapman Family and The Vaccines (just a bit heavier than the latter). Comparisons to Royal Blood and Drenge are unavoidable given the make up of the band but …And The Hangnails are just a little bit noisier, a little bit more punk rock.

They bring the house down with Enjoy It Whilst It Lasts and then treat us to five and a half minutes of Husker Du style punk rock on Nothing Wrong, a song epic in scope and delivery…half way through and I am begging for more!

The Way You Want It has an upbeat approach drenched in hooks and sheer ferocious power. With Do You Harm the vocals have that ‘recorded in the bathroom’ sound and the song benefits from a dirtier, garage punk feel with a super guitar hook throughout. The penultimate track, Adore, Repel is three minutes of guitar interplay with a nod to Math-Punk and the album closes with Fear where the guitar strains to break the speakers and the pounding drum beat helps to create an atmosphere that is perfect for the name of the song. The vocals demonstrate an extensive range and this dirty blues sound would have Jon Spencer nodding his head in appreciation.

It’s simply a terrific album! Get it and play it loud http://www.youngthugsrecords.com/

 

…And The Hangnails have played and toured all over the UK and aren’t adverse to playing the odd unusual spot, including having a scrape with the law, which saw the Police shut down a show at a rowdy house party in Leeds. …And The Hangnails have also bagged more conventional support slots with The Fall, Slaves, Deap Vally, Titus Andronicus, The Damned, DZ Deathrays and Drenge along the way.

 

 

…And The Hangnails on tour:

Sun 21 May – London, Tamesis Dock Boat

Tue 23 May – Hull, Polar Bear

Wed 24 May – Sheffield, West Street Live

Thu 25 May – Leeds, The Church

Fri 02 June – Manchester, Fuel Cafe

Sat 03 June – York, The Crescent

Fri 09 June – Glasgow, 13th Note

Sat 10 June – Edinburgh, Bannermans

Sun 11 June – Tynemouth, Surf Cafe

Thu 15 June – Liverpool, Sound Food & Drink

Sat 17 June – Worcester, Rise Records

 

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