Play Hard EP

by Hirameka Hi-Fi

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Rick Armstrong
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Rick Armstrong I've always been a bit of a prog fan, that goes without saying. But a good friend of mine, who used to run an independent record label, introduced me to the world of post rock, DIY, post hard-core and shoe gazing. I was luck enough to meet Hirameka Hi-Fi whilst they were recording their EP Play Hard in 1998. Prior to this I had seen them live at the Lord Nelson in Clacton-on-Sea. The bands use of instrumentation and melodies is simply stunning, incorporating a blend of heavy noisy guitar riffs and delicate intricacy. The balance between soft and heavy, light and dark, really sets the scene for some interesting signature changes. I enjoy Hirameka Hi-Fi's use of guitar textures and effects and how the band translates raw emotion in their music. I have been an avid fan ever since but sadly the band are no longer together. In some respects maybe that is a good thing, as none of their material is bad at all! It is all excellent in fact! Finally, when I heard Hirameka Hi-Fi for the first time, I'd heard nothing like it before. Unusually inspiring, unique and beautiful! Thanks to Jason Graham for introducing Hirameka Hi-Fi to me!
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It's always frightens me when kids this young play music that sounds as though they bored of the usual musical rules many years ago. It frightens me because I shudder to think what kind of stuff they'll be playing by the time they're my age. Four tracks of quirky and arty post-hardcore that's awash with the kind of rousing energy that only four teenagers could produce. The songs are jittery and nervous and often sound as though they'll topple into a discordant mess, but it's all kept under control by the fact that these are basically pop songs went astray. This sounds a lot like early SONIC YOUTH in places, when they used to be a punk band, to the point that the singer can even sound like Kim Gordon at times. Yep, innovative and cool, but not quite hip enough to warrant trashing your instruments live as apparently they do. But there again, is anything? (Russell Remains - Fracture)


released October 1, 1998



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