When it comes to checking out new bands, usually, throughout the prelude you’ll sit in a state of vacant cynicism, waiting to make your verdict. However, the latest track by the Psychedelic Folk aficionados Harry & the Hootenannies “Fast Lane” has you feeling the rhythm in just the first few muted guitars notes of the prelude before the track explodes into infectiously magnetic catharsis.
But you don’t have to wait for long before the slaps of the 5-string bass fade in which will enamour any fans of Mr Bungle. There’s a gloriously mechanical clockwork rhythm to the instrumentals, the choppy and chunky riffs are just as infectious as what you get from Queens of the Stone Age, but there’s a far quainter appeal to the sound of Harry & the Hootenannies. The majority of the quintessential charm of the single falls down to the vocals from Harry Braswell.
You can check out Harry & the Hootenannies’ latest single Fast Lane for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
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Review by Amelia Vandergast