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H.GRIMACE – ‘Self Architect’ Album Review

H.GRIMACE – Self Architect

h.grimaceLondon based four-piece H.Grimace released their debut LP ‘Self Architect’, on April 7th. The album follows on from 2015’s sold out ‘I Am Material’ tape and the critically acclaimed ‘Royal Hush’ 7”, which came out last year.

Made up of Hannah Gledhill (vocals/guitar), Marcus Browne (guitar), Corin Johnson (bass) and Diago Gomes (drums), H.Grimace produce a combination of shoegaze, original goth mixed with some post-punk sounds akin to early Theatre of Hate and Sex Gang Children.

Opening with the rhythmic and slightly spooky, Thoroughbred, H.Grimace show an edgy and powerful side to their songwriting that infects the entire album. The sublime opening to Land/Body where the sound of waves is overlaid with some nifty guitar work and then a Sisters of Mercy style riff and drumbeat launches the song properly and Gledhill’s vocal treatment is clean with a hint of aggression. The track draws in the listener as it burrows into your skull and had me begging for more – the Ride style middle eight is terrific.

Call It Out, demands attention with some atonal guitar intro and then a New Model Army style rhythmic approach to get those arms flapping and shoulders mounted. 2.1 Woman clocks in at just over six minutes and it’s a corker of a track. With a slow bass and drum introduction and poem read in a female voice about the demands on the woman of today, H.Grimace maintain a rhythm whilst experimenting with guitar sounds that embellish the song throughout – it’s a classic.

Half way through the debut album is the Jesus & Mary Chain infused and Elastica sounding Lypsyncer and it’s followed by the title track, Self Architect, a song that is complex and math-punk like in style displaying the bands full range.

Excavations continues with the intricate and complex interplay of instruments in a rhythmic sense and is an instrumental that builds to a super crescendo. The album is well written and played throughout mixing all of those 1990s influences and the excellent Jockey brings a sense of menace to the bands sound almost like the Bully from America.

The Dial returns to the spoken word vocals over bass and drum driven background as it tells an ongoing story. The album ends with the superb, Royal Hush, as that dark and menacing approach resurfaces and atonal guitar work meshes with understated vocals and a churning rhythm that builds and builds and builds to a mesmerizing climax.

Great post-punk album from H.Grimace that you can get here: https://www.oppositenumber.com/