Kent seems to kick out the good stuff and this time it comes in the form of five piece rock outfit, Hildamay‘s debut ‘Miles Away’. When HTF got told this album was going to ‘blow our minds’ we did not quite anticipate how much so. There is simply no bullshit to this release, it captures everything that a British rock band should be about; talent, pace and darn good song writing.
We caught first wind of the bands new material at RedFest in Surrey earlier this year; seeing tracks ‘The Dark’ and ‘The Light‘ in live form left us beyond corrupted. We have not seen these tracks live even a handful of times yet when we put the record on for the first time we find ourselves rocking out and mouthing along with the lyrics. Then after a few plays this becomes a regular occurrence for the whole release. Track after track of addictive traits and perfectly intricate guitars; with that get up and go mental feel throughout. What more could you ask for?
Tracks ‘Changing The Key’, album title track ‘Miles Away’ and ‘Diminuendo’ all deserve mentions. All three hold their own tightness and bring different flavours to the album, giving the release yet more character.
‘Letters Like Bullets’ and ‘Avenues’ show another side to the band, one they should never lay to rest. In depth vocals and indulging guitars throughout each of them. The lyrics seem quite emotional and lead vocalist Tim Lawrence expresses them to the listener perfectly, in other words, he knocks the nail on the head indefinitely. Final mention goes to ‘Wild Fervour’ – that riff at the end, HOLY CRAP! That is all.
The band played on the BBC Introducing stage at this years Reading and Leeds Festival and this week their session at the famous Maida Vale studios was played on the BBC Radio 1 Punk Show, along with a full interview with all of them; so it would seem things are all moving in the right direction for these guys. If you are looking for something to put on repeat all day, stick on this bad boy and set the volume to loud.
Reviewer: Steph Knight