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HOOD – The lost you (2×7", Domino RUG187)

Posted: November 9th, 2004, by Simon Minter

It’s been great following Hood’s musical career from the days of their early, scratchy, super-lo-fi demo recordings in the early 90s (split demo tapes with Boyracer, ah, happy days…) right up to their status nowadays as low-key underground superstars. They’ve proved, amongst many other things, that a band can get to a point where it sells a lot of records and plays concerts all around the world, without the slightest deviation from their intent or musical purpose.

Yet still they get themselves out of playing Audioscope each year. But that’s another story.

Anyway, here’s a new single as a taster for the forthcoming new album, and it tastes good. ‘The lost you’ is fantastic – if I was David ‘Kid’ Jensen, I’d say this is ‘classic Hood’ – building from sketchy sample jitters, piling on the layers of guitar, typical sad-sounding vocals, driving guitar, piano?, feedback and so on right up until the point of takeoff at the end of the tune. Seriously, this would have Number One written all over it if the charts weren’t full of shite.

Four further tracks back up ‘The lost you’ with a diverse selection almost designed to showcase the band’s confidence and range – reverb-heavy fuzzy drawls, skippingly upbeat pop tunes and spooky sequenced mantras. Certainly a band which I’d like to watch playing live. Perhaps at a festival. Called Audioscope.


Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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