Horror My Friend
Home Life


3.2
good

Review

by owl beanie STAFF
September 26th, 2018 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: garn servo, want anythinggg???

Just quietly, Home Life sounds like basement rock that’s ecstatic to find itself out of the basement and into the opening slot of a festival mainstage. Every guitar riff is hollow and fuzzy, cutting into that middle ground between summery and metallic like a Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever clone on even more acid. Which is fine; what Horror My Friend do, they do well: these are all songs that have developed from the same stampeding drum beat, the same gang chant about middle class ennui and exhaustion. It’s a trend which has been persisting since 2016’s Stay In, Do Nothing, and I don’t mean to position this as something that works to the band’s detriment; when a song like Rattled Bones is galvanized by the same forward momentum as songs written two years prior, of course we begin to understand and empathize with the stagnation that the lyrics impute, whilst also falling back into the comforting familiar.

(Disclaimer: i don’t think that Horror My Friend have done this deliberately. i don’t believe that a ramshackle garage rock band gives enough of a *** about continuity to exercise foresight across a two-year timeline -- which isn’t a point of critique, because that’s not the point of a band like this. the point is to write catchy songs -- songs bent out of shape by overdrive that pissed twenty-somethings can belt out in between skulling their eighth or ninth bottle of Coopers Pale for the night. i’ve already forgotten the lyrics to DIYS, but if there ever was a rallying cry against the office cubicle, DIYS would be it.)

I was at Savers (“the recycle superstore!”) the other day and stumbled across a second-hand Horror My Friend shirt that was selling for like $5. It felt oddly fitting because they seem like the type of band (and this seems like the type of album) that you love for about two weeks in the middle of summer before leaving it to collect dust in a playlist entitled “vibezzzz”. It’s an “oh yeah…that” record, but if it seems like I’m justifying myself a lot here it’s because I genuinely believe that the three-piece have, despite ‘evidence’ to the contrary, given us something fun and good and enough with Home Life. It doesn’t break ground, it just re-treads it gracefully, and its A-sides sound like they should be B-sides. Somehow that’s okay with me.



Recent reviews by this author
Drug Church CHEERcolourblind Move Like You
Mitski Be the CowboyNostrum Grocers Nostrum Grocers
Cuntz Here Come the Real Boys...Live in the USADJ Healer Nothing 2 Loose
user ratings (3)
Chart.
3.7
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
verdant
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2018


2314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

how i do writegood? pls halp

Papa Universe
September 26th 2018


18446 Comments


you writegood, but this couldvebeen gooder
still a POS My Friend, if i could

Digging: The Ocean - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2018


2646 Comments


A gorgeous review and now I need to listen.

Digging: Lil Zubin - Heavy Down Pour

verdant
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2018


2314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

you really have to open your mind to apprecaite this algbum. it is the essense of HMF, the spiritual underbell y of a band in turmoil with themselves and the shackles of the societiy which dictate and prescribe the paths we must take in liefe. i farded and shidded and also camed my pants listenig to this .

WatchItExplode
September 26th 2018


6106 Comments


This is my favorite review of all the reviews and from the two songs I listened to just now also incredibly insightful :thumb

Digging: The Glands - The Glands

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
September 26th 2018


1731 Comments


Maaaaaaaaate! Pie n a packa durries, cheeeeeeers!

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
September 26th 2018


1731 Comments


Coopers Green 4 lyf

chug73
September 26th 2018


3723 Comments


" garn servo, want anythinggg???"

oi get us some rollies

verdant
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2018


2314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

fuuarkenoath maet



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy