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All Hail Hyena

the Empty Page

Manchester Castle

Jan 2018

Live Review

Playing their first show in town, since they came to town was with GRANDADDY last spring at a sold-out Albert Hall’s show, All Hail Hyena are from Burnley and deal a frenetic, high IQ, impatient wonk rock. Their zig zag riffs and colliding noise is like the Cardiacs on the East Lancs and, coupled with their Dayglo look, chunky mad scientist sunglasses and twitching energy makes them quite a spectacle. They also heavy it up and their super tight assault is like a machine as it zig zag wanders mercilessly on the tight cramped stage.

Dayglo and confused, there is something brilliantly off-kilter about the trio as they cram more ideas into one song than most bands have in a whole set.

Just back from playing Toronto, The Empty Page, are readying the follow up to their  Gggarth Richardson ( ratm, melvins, L7, biffy) produced debut,  recording new material very soon, perhaps not yet for a second album but maybe an EP or couple of 7 inch releases this year.

Their post-Kim Deal/Breeders dynamic alt-rock is getting more fine-tuned by the day. It’s never easy to let songs as intense and powerful as these breath in the back room of a pub – albeit one of the finest back rooms of any pub on the circuit. The Castle is a great venue but The Empty Page deal in big soundscapes and have gigantic songs – huge slices of emotional power for Kel to deliver her melodic and beautiful voice over and the small PA is sweating to hold in their creative enormity – a mash of linear post-punk, proto-grunge dynamics and alt-rock skree.

The band have the songs, the intensity and the ideas and they deliver them with a ferocious and intense power and energy. a coterie of fans twitch at the ebbs and flows of their music and we stand there and wait for the rest of the world to catch up with their brilliance.

It can’t be long now.

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