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The Hedrons - One More Won't Kill Us

Hedrons, One More Won't Kill Us

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2.5 out of 5

THE PR for The Hedrons’ debut album One More Won’t Kill Us describes it as “a 40-minute barrage of indie punk” – and barrage is the right word.

The album blasts from the speakers like a coiled spring being unhinged. Yet what starts out as thrilling, quickly becomes a barrage of noise that could do with taking a breath.

The Hedrons are a Glasgow-based outfit comprised of Tippi (lead vocals), Chi (bass), Rosie (lead guitar) and Soup (drums). They spent 2006 recording the album and playing in excess of 120 shows (including Download, T in the Park and a support slot with Alice In Chains).

But while they’re energy is beyond question, their music isn’t quite the finished article yet. Every song follows pretty much the same format – fast and furious guitars, pounding scatter-gun drums and feisty vocals.

Some of this hints at the style of early Ash, others suggest Courtney Love and Hole as inspirations. Or even PJ Harvey. But songs struggle to distinguish themselves once you get part a certain point.

Opener Heatseeker is a breathless intro that offers a punk-rock headrush of simmering intensity. And it’s matched by the ballsy Couldn’t Leave Her Alone, which benefits from some nice vocal layering. Tippi’s gutsy delivery is utterly emphatic and underlines her credentials as a talented lead vocalist in the making.

But that keen sense of rawness eventually becomes tiring. I Need You hints at a different direction, before settling into a familiar groove, while Be My Friend delivers more of the same, albeit with the riffs juggled round a little.

Falling Star is just as fast and furious, its chorus hinting at Ash and, in particular, Charlotte Hatherley, but it blends into Stop, Look & Listen which, in turn, blurs into Bad Charm. You kind of get the picture.

The only respite comes on final track, What Am I To Do which is also the longest recording on the album. It’s much more deliberate, carefully structured and benefits from a more defined sense of chorus and verse. What it does do, however, is hint at a more promising direction for The Hedrons. So maybe, just maybe, their best is still a long way off.

Download tips: Heatseeker, Falling Star, What Am I To Do

Track listing:

  1. Heatseeker
  2. Couldn’t Leave Her Alone
  3. I Need You
  4. Be My Friend
  5. Falling Star
  6. Stop, Look & Listen
  7. Once Upon A Time
  8. Frame Of Mind
  9. Sympathy
  10. Place Like This
  11. One More Won’t Kill Me
  12. What Am I To Do

  1. This album is dire, Utter dire, no originality whatsoever.

    David    Feb 20    #