Hoof Glove
Hoof Glove


3.9
excellent

Review

by house cat STAFF
March 31st, 2018 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: cheshire cat

Hoof Glove deliberately muddy the waters of noise rock and experimental punk music. It crumbles listener expectations with bony fingers and a sound that’s halfway between malevolent and celebratory, as if that’s a spectrum that actually exists. The music is maybe a display of masochism -- a violent outburst of glee amidst things violent and painful, because such is the nature of unadulterated skronk, I guess.

You’ll find this record on its own terms. So many albums labelled “noise” -- of their own volition or otherwise -- feel reactionary; No Trend was mad at the human race, so they wrote Too Many Humans. Arab on Radar were labelled ‘insane’ one too many times, so they focused their career on proving it. This one here isn’t so simple, from its sound to its aesthetic to its origins. For starters, S/T is being released on Leeds-based label Don’t Drone Alone, which – ding-ding-ding, you guessed it -- built its home on the grounds of a more patient genre: drone, centring around violins (see: Chrissie) and…bicycles" (see: Hardworking Families). If we’re examining the meta here, Hoof Glove already catches the listener off guard, muscling in on a family of lovely projects who. by and large, allow you to impose yourself on the music. And the band name" What on Earth is a Hoof Glove" What purpose could it possible serve" Who cares. The band don’t.

So initially this thing is more uncomfortable than one might expect. Laura Tyndall’s lyrics are playful, if you’re keen on juxtapositions, and the riffing is reminiscent of some carnival ride theme tune gone horrible awry. Lewis Millward’s electronic touch walks the line between pure squall and textural accompaniment. It’s all wonderfully mischievous, imbuing the genre with a sense of humour fit for chipped, yellow-toothed grins and your Mother’s affected outrage.

Here is a band confidently hollowing out their own niche in the Leeds hardcore scene, beautiful and nonsensical, insane and inviting. They care not about making sense, and care even less about opening up easy access points for the unsuspecting hardcore fan. Give Me Back My Pet is frenetic and irreverent and Marsupialia is surprisingly danceable despite Tyndall’s shrieks – which pay no mind to the incongruously steady rock beat underpinning the chaos.

All up, it’s a sixteen-minute romp that feels closer to sixteen seconds, stitched together by an experienced group of musicians as though it’s the Frankenstein’s monster of Yorkshire hardcore. Call it Party Feedback, call it Deliberately Obtuse, but regardless of futile attempts to affix labels, the band will disorient us into falling onto the back foot. Then, we’ll make the most out of this dynamic by spending the next quarter of an hour trying to regain our balance.



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verdant
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2018


2140 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

https://dontdronealone.bandcamp.com/album/hoof-glove



worth a look once it's released, and you may as well go rummaging around through the rest of this label's stuff because it's good. thanks

TheBarber
March 31st 2018


3681 Comments


I approve that first single on their BC, awesome shit

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2018


6637 Comments


nice, whatta pal

love the guitar tone, and def some Yasuko Onuki influence vocally.

brainmelter
March 31st 2018


5391 Comments


sounds cool, will check

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2018


23317 Comments


Edit: nvmd I’m dumb

will check cause robin


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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2018


6637 Comments


he says water so I assume muddy was intentional
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

verdant
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2018


2140 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

how dare you assume i make such a rookie mistake atari,

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2018


23317 Comments


Lol oops I didn’t get much sleep last night so I’m blaming that. Reads completely fine... lovely writing as always

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2018


7884 Comments


sounds cool, will check [2]


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ButtBoy
April 3rd 2018


41 Comments


this sounds pretty interesting. where did this band even come from? how did you find them?

tcat84
April 3rd 2018


1183 Comments


Why don't links work in the comments... like how basic is this website

This reminds me of Melt Banana kinda. Can't get into the vocals

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2018


6637 Comments


they do
https://dontdronealone.bandcamp.com/album/hoof-glove

verdant
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2018


2140 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

it's not the links that don't work, it's me that don't work

robin
Emeritus
April 5th 2018


4481 Comments


out today, pals! https://dontdronealone.bandcamp.com/album/hoof-glove

owen
April 5th 2018


5088 Comments


wow fuck this is great

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