Hector Gannet: The Eighth Day – single reviewHector Gannet: The Eighth Day


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Heralding a UK spring tour followed by their first trip to the US, North Shields group Hector Gannet are back with a new single, The Eighth Day, one of a clutch of new songs written for the band’s second album. Following the success of  their debut album Big Harcar, the Tyneside group’s lead singer and songwriter Aaron Duff continues to mine a rich vein of song-writing. With recording of the second album already started, The Eighth Day offers an intriguing taste of what to expect.

Driven by a crisp, percussive guitar riff married to a lilting, Latin-influenced rhythm, The Eighth Day finds Duff developing further his intriguing lyricism, with the influence of his twin guiding lights, Alan Hull and Joe Strummer, present and correct. While Duff’s vocal phrasing and unabashed North-East accent naturally invite comparisons with the late Lindisfarne frontman, there’s a definite hint of Mescaleros-era Strummer in full-on Beat-poet mode.

Duff has often co-opted religious imagery into his song-writing, repurposed as a secular means to connect past and present and reflect upon our place in the world. The lyrical chiaroscuro of The Eighth Day feels at once ominous and hopeful, as Duff ponders “What lies inside that hole in the sky?” Recorded with Alex Blamire at Polestar Studios and mixed by Paul Gregory of Mercury prize nominees Lanterns On The Lake, The Eighth Day continues an impressive run of singles by the group.

Having toured previously with Sea Power and fellow North Shields singer-songwriter Sam Fender, the band’s second UK headline tour features their biggest show to date, at Newcastle University Students’ Union on March 19th. In April, they head to the USA for promotional radio and video work, further recording for the new album and some live showcase dates.


Hector Gannet UK White Pyramid Spring Tour:

  • March 15th – The Musician, Leicester
  • March 16th – Victoria, Dalston, London
  • March 17th – Night People, Manchester
  • March 19th – Newcastle University Students Union
  • March 20th – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

USA dates

  • April 9th – Two Roads Brewery, Stratford
  • April 10th – Park City Music Hall, Bridgeport
  • April 13th – Café Nine, New Haven
  • April 16th – Café Nine, New Haven

Buy The Eight Day.

Artwork by Paul Summers.

Ticket and band info website: https://hectorgannet.com

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All words by Gus Ironside, 2022. More writing Gus can be found here.

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Gus Ironside is a contributor to Louder Than War, Vive le Rock magazine, PennyBlackMusic and Is This Music? Gus lives on the North Tyneside coast.


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