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I rarely refer to press releases when writing about music: it’s bad practice and they rarely contain much information that’s useful to me anyway. Occasionally though, I’ll read a line that instantly hooks me, like this one:

HYMNSis a 2 piece atheist rock band comprising of Samuel Manville and Peter Reisner.

The phrase “atheist rock band” distills more or less all of my main interests into one manageable cocktail. What’s more, it’s the new project of Samuel Manville, the former frontman of tragically short-lived English math rockers Blakfish, who broke up last year just as I was getting into their music.

The three remaining members spun off to become &U&I, leaving Manville to team up with former SOS drummer Peter Reisner. †HYMNS† appear, superficially at least, to exist mainly for the purpose of poking fun at religion and promoting the godless lifestyle, both causes to which I will happily lend my support.

Their first release, a four-song live DVD, is scheduled for release on August 22 with a full-length album to follow in October. Here’s the video for the first studio recording, ‘A Punch to the Temple,’ a tight angular number with echoes of Modest Mouse and Nick Cave and a typically sardonic take on the politics of strangling people.

Hymns – A Punch To The Temple from Luke David Bather on Vimeo.





DoubtGin
07.20.11
k you dont like god

DaveyBoy
07.20.11
Dave is feeling the soles of his feet burning as we speak.

Skimaskcheck
07.20.11
hey pete you're famous on the internet now

Waior
07.20.11
that song is great though! guitar tones are so full at that

Wolfhorde
07.20.11
"k you dont like god "
u mad?

dcha
07.20.11
Loved Blakfish and &U&I, but this band is so pretentious about their atheism.

Knott-
07.20.11
Wolfhorde your mental age is, I think, the lowest of anybody's on this website.

Eko
07.22.11
lol first christian tags now atheist tags whats next

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