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HATT - EP Review: Vol.1 - Emulate + Dissipate

19 Aug 2021 // A review by Kev Rowland

HATT are a new band on the scene, but they are already here with their debut 5-track EP. Mind you, although HATT are a new name, those behind it are definitely not, as anyone who has been involved with the Auckland music scene will recognize all those taking part. At the forefront is Aidan O'Loughlin providing the over-the-top manic vocals and guitar that one expects from someone who has been fronting alt-punk hardcore outfit On Tick for so many years. Matt Perry (vocals, bass) is normally seen with microphone in hand with Halo of Ashes) while drummer Reuben Conn has played with Matt in bands such as {Halo of Ashes and Texas White Chicks.

Five songs, 20 minutes, this is as uncompromising as one would expect given the backgrounds of all involved. In fact, the biggest surprise for me as the thickness of the bass sound coming from Matt, as this is huge and rich, and in some ways acting like a cross between Lemmy and Chris Squire in terms of approach. It is all about providing a massive cushion and layer of sound for Aidan to pitch the guitar against, which is more direct and piercing, one being a sledgehammer and the other a scalpel, all the time with Reuben trying to keep everything in order. The vocals are full of passion and emotion, cracking, and going off pitch yet all perfectly in keeping with the maelstrom beneath.

This is not music designed to be listened to quietly at home, but rather is intended for a mass of sweaty oiks at Dead Witch to throw themselves into the music and each other. It is not going to sit gently on a radio playlist but it was never intended for that, this is messy, nasty, and hugely intense hardcore punk sludge which takes on a life of its own, and becomes something you would not want to introduce to your mother. They describe themselves as a "power-trio for the modern man", especially if that modern man were name Paige Hamilton, as there is no doubt that Helmet have had an influence on these guys. This is unfiltered and honest, and taking the shortest route to drill straight into your ears.

Rating: ( 3 / 5 )

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