Hatcham Social In Hartlepool
Wednesday 22 Apr 2009 13:45:00
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Hatcham Social: Thursday 23rd April



On record and in appearance, Hatcham Social are the archetypal twee 1980s-worshipping indie band: all patterned jumpers, jangly guitar melodies and sway-along drums. But the honeyed sound of their four singles, and the sight of Finn Kidd at the start of this show, crouched behind his drumkit chewing his nails, is no preparation for the exhilarating ferocity of their 10-song, 30-minute set. If Toby Kidd's guitar jangles, it is with the shivering clash and clang of metal objects rattling together. David Fineberg's bass is more tuneful but no less aggressive, the notes skittering around Finn's pummelled drums as though the two were engaged in a bout of bare-knuckle boxing.

There is something of early Pavement in Hatcham Social's live performance, alongside professed influences such as Scottish bands Orange Juice and Josef K, plus a hint of Talking Heads.


NME Album review:
It’s no surprise to discover Tim Burgess – a man who’s spent 20 years making tunes so catchy they could give the cold a run for its money – is part of the production force behind the debut from Hatcham Social. Yet, as well as the hook-heavy Brit-fop choruses of ‘Hypnotise Terrible Eyes’ and ‘In My Opinion’ there’s also a heavy debut owed to the loveliness of Lloyd Cole. In fact, ‘Crocodile’ and ‘Penelope (Under My Hat)’ are shot through with such a delicious ’80s indie jangle it makes you wonder what the band have to talk about with their chums The Horrors. But such a friendship makes more sense when things take a turn for The Fall with the spoken-word-and-greasy-guitar version of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’. A stunner.


Tickets: Non Mem £6 / Mem £5 / conc £4 

Doors open 7.30pm. Artists on stage approx 8.45pm

Tel: 01429 424440 (9am – 5pm Mon – Fri)

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