Alternative post-punk psyche trio
release their new EP.
Those dark satanic mills from Lancashire
seem to have been hiding All Hail Hyena, the trio from the red rose county for
far too long. Predicted as ‘one to
watch’ in 2017 by Louder Than War and featuring on the cover cd of last
December Vive Le Rock magazine, they are now ready for the big time with the STICK€RS
Fronted by Jay Stansfield (vocals and
guitar), the man that brought us the incredible Birth And Death album back in
January 2015 and ably accompanied by Tom Cross on bass and Rob Ashworth (aka
Gaunt Story) on drums, their very unique brand of alternative post-punk
melodies takes from the influences of Grandaddy, Pixies and Cage The Elephant
to gel into a mammoth sound.
It’s a far cry from the psychedelic folk
of Stansfield’s past as All Hail Hyena bring you backs-to-the-wall,
balls-to-the-floor, no nonsense sounds
to make your blood simmer and your dancing feet wiggle into a compulsive pogo
Opening track Way Ho! could well be
their finest moment to date. Imagine
several songs segued together into a medley sounding composition, not unlike
the reasoning behind Bohemian Rhapsody, and turning into one of the finest
songs you’ll hear this side of Burnley and Pendle. It pops, it rocks, it punks, and even has
time for an audience participation ‘Way Ho!’ along with a self-made dub/echo
that you can’t help but join in to.
Man Up and Complicate Tu originally appeared
on last year’s Damp Detector EP and thoroughly deserve further airings. The former has been released as the lead
track for STICK€RS, with one of the those brilliantly annoying
chorus strap-lines and is certainly accessible enough for wider mainstream plays,
whilst the latter is has anthemic qualities sadly missing from today’s scene.
bears more than a passing resemblance to Ocean Colour Scene’s Riverboat Song at
times, no bad thing indeed and further evidence of the bands diversity. EP closer, Debbie Love Her Neighbours sounds
like a bastard mix of The Dickies and Devo and is wonderfully mad for it, largely
instrumental it offers variance to an exciting quintet of tracks.
Hail Hyena are tipped for big things for a reason – just check out STICK€RS and