Fuzzmongering Indie Punk duo from York/London …And The Hangnails are set to release their fourth album “DOG” through Young Thugs Records on 12th May. Mirroring a classic punk sound while delivering a hard new level of noise, this record could be played pretty seamlessly aside their previous release, “Rut”, the only difference being a clear bar raise in production and overall sound.
This is an act you may have caught supporting the likes of Slaves, The Damned, or The Fall, and it’s certainly clear to see how they would provide an appropriate backdrop to any of those forces. “DOG” has a quintessentially British Punk sound, and the duo have cleverly outfitted themselves to sound like much vaster than you might expect. Vocalist/Guitarist Martyn Fillingham executes both chunked out riffs and also yawning, reverberated roots licks. His voice also carries a quality reminiscent of many Indie singers, which is supported by the catchy choruses and vocal riffs he’s arranged – second track “Junk” achieves this very well. Drummer Steven Reid provides valuable underpinning vocals right through the record on top of his impeccable skin work.
…And The Hangnails have sensibly not labelled themselves very specifically at all, but their own branding of “Loud-as-f&*k-guitar-pop” is pretty much right; “Too Far Gone” provides this impression with a very sexy post-chorus riff. Another highlight comes as “The Way You Want It”, with a levelled start and rising incredibly cajolingly throughout. If you want acoustic crooning or ballads, go elsewhere. “DOG” is ragged and ripped, with Great Cynics-y melodies on “Do You Harm” and Against Me! yelling – check out album closer, “Fear”. This collection of just ten tracks is varied but sustains a level of energy that ties each track together.
…And The Hangnails are out on tour in early summer. Go out and blow out. Summer album ahoy!
– Richie Lavery (@RichieLabrahda)
Sun 21 May – London, Tamesis Dock Boat
Tue 23 May – Hull, Polar Bear
Wed 24 May – Sheffield, West Street Live
Thu 25 May – Leeds, The Church
Fri 02 June – Manchester, Fuel Cafe
Sat 03 June – York, The Crescent
Fri 09 June – Glasgow, 13th Note
Sat 10 June – Edinburgh, Bannermans
Sun 11 June – Tynemouth, Surf Cafe
Thu 15 June – Liverpool, Sound Food & Drink
Sat 17 June – Worcester, Rise Records