Fresh Kill: Hideous Towns
Dear lord. After nearly a decade of dancified post-punk, I didn’t think new music like this existed. A band releasing original tunes that still clearly pays homage to the the best of those early 1980s records. I’m talking of course about Australia’s own Hideous Towns. The album, “Disquiet Living” — a true gem of 2016.
“Don’t Forget” sets the aural tone immediately. This track echoes and throbs with the best of any coldwave and is dreamy in a vein that is reminiscent of the Chameleons. I find it a disservice to keep referencing older bands when writing of music so fresh, yet it is ensconced in an older sound. The vocals soar and wail like a true descendant of the Skeletal Family.
“Lion” shimmers and the guitars are really on display in all their heavenly cloudbound glory exposing the angular roots of dream pop music whilst “Jaque Louis-David” pumps out an infectious groove of bass and energetic drums that makes me want to lift my feet about depressingly as I wave my skinny arms like antennae to heaven.
I do not have sixteen paragraphs to detail each and every song, though this album is truly deserving of such time and effort. So lets cut to the promoted track “Value”. This track is immediately uplifting, with just the proper hints of angst and melancholy that is truly befitting of a great post-punk infused tune. The chorus, anthemic. The verses, just as engraining. A beautiful interplay of single note, echoey reverbed guitar lines and driving bass and drums. Add brilliant vocals and you have the perfect pop song. And it is.
The album is $10 on bandcamp. Buy it. Its the closest to a classic post-punk infused dream pop album that this reviewer has heard in quite some time.