ALL HAIL HYENA – STICK€RS EP
8 April 2017
Alternative post-punk psyche trio release their new EP. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates reviews.
Those dark satanic mills from Lancashire seem to have been hiding All Hail Hyena, the trio from the red rose county for far too long. Predicted as ‘one to watch’ in 2017 by Louder Than War and featuring on the cover cd of last December Vive Le Rock magazine, they are now ready for the big time with the STICK€RS EP.
Fronted by Jay Stansfield (vocals and guitar), the man that brought us the incredible Birth And Death album back in January 2015 and ably accompanied by Tom Cross on bass and Rob Ashworth (aka Gaunt Story) on drums, their very unique brand of alternative post-punk melodies takes from the influences of Grandaddy, Pixies and Cage The Elephant to gel into a mammoth sound.
It’s a far cry from the psychedelic folk of Stansfield’s past as All Hail Hyena bring you backs-to-the-wall, balls-to-the-floor, no nonsense sounds to make your blood simmer and your dancing feet wiggle into a compulsive pogo frenzy.
Opening track Way Ho! could well be their finest moment to date. Imagine several songs segued together into a medley sounding composition, not unlike the reasoning behind Bohemian Rhapsody, and turning into one of the finest songs you’ll hear this side of Burnley and Pendle. It pops, it rocks, it punks, and even has time for an audience participation ‘Way Ho!’ along with a self-made dub/echo that you can’t help but join in to. Sheer genius.
Man Up and Complicate Tu originally appeared on last year’s Damp Detector EP and thoroughly deserve further airings. The former has been released as the lead track for STICK€RS, with one of the those brilliantly annoying chorus strap-lines and is certainly accessible enough for wider mainstream plays, whilst the latter is has anthemic qualities sadly missing from today’s scene.
Sabbathtian bears more than a passing resemblance to Ocean Colour Scene’s Riverboat Song at times, no bad thing indeed and further evidence of the bands diversity. EP closer, Debbie Love Her Neighbours sounds like a bastard mix of The Dickies and Devo and is wonderfully mad for it, largely instrumental it offers variance to an exciting quintet of tracks.
All Hail Hyena are tipped for big things for a reason – just check out STICK€RS and see why.
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