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Head Like A Hole - Single Review: Goliath

03 Nov 2021 // A review by Carl Hayman

Head Like A Hole, arguably one of the greatest and most influential kiwi rock bands of our time. These guys have been around since longer than I’ve been listening to Rock! 1990 was the formation of ‘HLAH’ as we know them. I was a wimpy 7 year old climbing tree’s and riding my mongoose BMX with old mate from over the back fence when these guys were drinking whiskey and writing tunes for their debut 8 track cassette Shitnoise (look up cassette for you guys who don’t know the struggles of us 80’s kids).

Since then, these guys have smashed out killer tune after killer tune year after year, decade after decade. If you don’t believe me, check out This Is Head Like A Hole on Spotify, or better yet, go and purchase an LP here: https://www.headlikeahole.co.nz/store.

Amongst songs you will know, Glory Glory, I’m On Fire, and of course, Hootenanny! These are staples amongst any playlist for any bogan anywhere from Invercargill to Cape Reinga. The reality is .. if you’ve never heard one of these tunes, you legitimately don’t deserve to. 

Goliath – a giant name for a giant new single. The first 15 seconds I wasn’t entirely sure that I had clicked the right link, but by 28 seconds in, bloody hell, distinctly HLAH, and absolutely on the heavier end of their spectrum. I can’t even begin to think how low the guitars are tuned. This absolute cracker of a song takes me straight back to the mid 2000’s standing shoulder to shoulder with several thousand people in a mosh pit at the Powerstation which is EXACTLY where I’d like to be right now watching them belt this tune out instead of sitting in front of a PC listening as the recording has captured the tune with an authentic live feel. If you close your eyes, try and convince me it’s not a live tracked recording in a huge studio letting those drums breath and the guitars wail into the room ambience.

The thing is, you can’t just listen once. You have to play the song back to back multiple times  to absorb its energy, and I guarantee the  hook in the chorus, as simplistic as it sounds, is one of the most effective I’ve heard in a rock tune. 

To sum it up? You need to thrash the hell out of this tune. It's as easy as that. Big thumbs up from me.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Head Like A Hole

Formed in Wellington, Head Like A Hole originally consisted of Booga Beazley, Nigel Regan, Andrew Durno and Mark Hamill. Like most young bands, they started out by playing small gigs at local pubs and at various well known live venues. Then quickly started touring the university circuit. The band soon made a name for themselves with energetic and often outrageous live performances, appearing on stage either naked, caked with mud, or covered completely in body paint.

Therefore forming a solid and dedicated following throughout the live music scene. Head like a Hole were soon signed to Wildside Records and began their recording career. 1992 saw the release of their debut album, 13 which the band largley produced themselves. The single Fish Across Face successfully made it into the New Zealand Top 10 charts. In keeping with Head Like a Hole tradition the video for Fish Across Face included a scene where Nigel regurgitates an orange substance into Booga’s mouth and was promptly pulled off air.

Head Like a Hole continued touring and performing the university orientation circuit. Then returned to the studio in 1993 to record their second album. Flik Y'Self off Y'Self. Which was released in stores in 1994 providing two singles. Faster Hooves and Spanish Goat Dancer. After the release of two successful records the band’s popularity and exposure increased, and so Head Like a Hole remained on tour. Playing to capacity crowds and sold out venues throughout the country, and in 1996 secured a position on the bill to play The Big Day Out festival. That same time the band suffered a sudden and tragic loss, with the death of their Manager Gerald Barry Dwyer. And it was late 1996 where they headed back to the studio, this time travelling to Australia and worked on a third album. Double Your Strength, Improve Your Health & Lengthen Your Life. Cornbag, the first single from the album, was released in November 1996, but received only moderate chart success.

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Releases

Narcocorrido
Year: 2015
Type: Album
Juicy Lucy
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Cornbag
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Fish Across Face
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Hootenanny
Year: 2014
Type: EP
A Crying Shame
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Spanish Goat Dancer
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Faster Hooves
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Blood Will Out
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Blood On A Honky Tonk Floor
Year: 2000
Type: Album
HLAH IV
Year: 1999
Type: Album
Wet Rubber
Year: 1998
Type: Album
The Not Nicomjool EP
Year: 1995
Type: Album
Flik Y'Self Off Y'Self
Year: 1994
Type: Album
Beelzebeats
Year: 1993
Type: Album
13
Year: 1992
Type: Album

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