Saturday 2 January 2016

Velcro Hooks - Severin The Mind

Article by KevW

There don't seem to be many cities in the country that have such a thriving music scene as Bristol at the moment. It's not as though it hasn't spawned some great bands in the past, perhaps most famously the trip-hop scene of the '90s, but Bristol is cropping up more often than ever as the location of music we're writing about. Velcro Hooks aren't totally new to the scene, they formed back in 2012, but this year will see the release of their debut album, although they did release a seven-track EP, 'Gymnophoria', just over three years ago.

New single 'Severin The Mind' is the first taster of what's to come, and a bracing fuzz-rock number it is too. You can throw around names like The Jesus & Mary Chain and A Place To Bury Strangers as easy comparisons, but Velcro Hooks seem equally as inspired by raw garage rock. This is more frenetic than many regular lovers of buzzsaw guitar, feedback and distortion, taking a diversion through punk and coming out with an almost hyperactive urgency, and that's despite the vocal almost sounding lazy at times, as though they can barely be bothered to finish the line. A fine example of the term "beautiful noise".

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