PREMIERE: Horror My Friend - Pavement
After a sea of critically acclaimed singles, an EP, a full length album and a touring schedule that’ll make you need a nap just looking at it, Adelaide’s own Horror My Friend have landed themselves well and truly atop the wave of emerging artists looking likely to break it big in 2018. Tooth and nail new track Pavement (today premiering exclusively through Laundry Echo) has me backing that wave to break real soon.
Paradoxical in nature Pavement twists superbly clean guitar tones with chaotic breakdowns, immediately evocative of Children Collide but with an added injection of shoegaze. A dance of hooks, breaks, driving rhythm, soaring or submerged vocals and an ever present intelligence in song construction; there is plenty to unpack at any given moment in Pavement. All of which led me to keep on dragging the slider from finish to start over and over as I tried to wrap my head around just how much this three piece had managed to load into an almost five minute epic.
Thematically Pavement touches on ideas of being forced into giving up your passions and calling an end to gender inequality in the music industry. Vocalist Tom Gordon furiously delivers the track’s calling card chorus ‘the boys club, give it up’ over and over; drilling home the message that time is up for long loathed music bros. In a musical environment currently loaded with gender politics, as bands hold the industry created around them accountable for their bullshit, Horror My Friend make an aggressive statement as to where they stand against it. Furious, venomous and fed up, Pavement keeps the fire burning.
Horror My Friend have released Pavement today to celebrate their tour with New Zealand punk stalwart’s Die! Die! Die! kicking off tomorrow. Catch them live:
ADELAIDE - JIVE - FEB 1 - http://bit.ly/2BCt6fK
MELBOURNE - CHERRY BAR - FEB 3 - http://bit.ly/2EmDWJR
WGONG (HMF ONLY) - RAD BAR - FEB 8 - http://bit.ly/2Ens8Hg
SYD - LANSDOWNE - FEB 9 - http://bit.ly/2DNw72I
BRIS - CROWBAR - FEB 10 - http://bit.ly/2rOxvwh
GOLD COAST - SHARK BAR - FEB 11 - TBC
Pavement is out worldwide on the 1/2/18 and is a taste of things to come from their new record due out mid year through Poison City Records.