Heart in Hand – A Beautiful White
Release Date: November 3, 2014
I like wide open spaces, I like being away from other people, I have even been called anti=social, (among other names). I mean really, what has the human race ever really done for me? So, I have been looking into buying a few acres of unspoiled land and there is even this couple who turn shipping containers into living spaces. They cost $25k and can withstand pretty much anything nature can do. Even an earthquake won’t budge them. Unless of course the earth actually opens and swallows it (as most of us witnessed in the awesome film “This is the End”). If that happens,……well then you’re royally screwed. But aside from that and the fact you have to do your “business” in a bucket and then turn it into compost. I say, Hey, let’s go for it!
This leads me to our band review du jour (that’s band review of the day for those of you who were wondering). Southampton, UK’s Heart In Hand; Charlie Holmes (vocals), Gavin Thane (bass), Sam Brennan (drums) and Ollie Wilson and Ed Hartwell (guitars), have just released their third studio album, A Beautiful White, the follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed Almost There CD. The new album showcases even bigger hooks and more caustic frenzy. I have to be honest I am not quite sure what the title; A Beautiful White is alluding to. Truth is I don’t care much what it means as a title. But I do understand the effort this band has put forth in its creation of this pure rendition of all that is good with melodic hardcore.
Heart in Hand begin the album with the chaotic dance of “Mae”, showcasing the band’s commitment to frenzied absolution. The title track hits it four-on-the-core–the melody riding the wave of Thane’s bass line before Holmes peels the listener’s face off.
Some punk roots are evident on A Beautiful White. that trip the listener headlong into a brick facade, such as on “Poison Pen Letters”. I do enjoy some of the masterful guitar interspersed throughout and especially on such songs as, “Crying Shame”. I also must point out that the piano work on “Regain, Recover, Reprise” is impressive. I would not mind an entire song devoted to it just to see where it would lead us. As adept as they are at punching out hard, pounding vocals and auditory upper-cuts, I get a sense that they are capable of giving us even more.
For me a lot of melodic hardcore/punk tends to blur together sometimes. For every band I adore, too many slap a vintage dress on a worn out pig and come off sounding like the Tasmanian Devil being backed by badgers who have just learned to play instruments.
Thankfully Heart in Hand is not one of those bands, and can be fully enjoyed in the company of others or by your own self, smack dab in the middle of a few acres of land you just purchased whilst living in a shipping container.
I give it a solid seven out of ten “sneers” …..Entity says check it out….