Today, our new music spotlight is on oh800
Line-up: Eoin Rooney (vocals, guitar), Gavin Ellis (bass, synth) and Olly Betts (drums)
About: Featuring former members of The Duke Spirit, Oh Ruin and Memory Maze, these long-time pals bonded over a shared love of decayed early 80s New York underground – think CBGBs, ESG, 99 Records. They started making noise together in 2016 and recorded and mixed their debut album ‘Character Building’ themselves in their London studio, with the exception of 2 tracks mixed by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Foals) and 2 tracks mixed by Neil Comber (MIA, Django Django).
The album’s nine tracks are a whip-smart take on modern malaise that is at turns upbeat and funny, sensitive and odd. The band describe it as “a sardonic observation on self-doubt, crap jobs, lame excuses and being a bit of a space cadet”. It fizzes with intense yet witty existential energy, bound together by razor sharp guitars, a funked-up rhythm section and infectious glitchy electronica.
What Hidden Herd say: ‘Melanin’s liquid-gold intro captures the sun-kissed 80’s in seconds, drawing listeners seductively into heartfelt harmonies and its elusive refrain.
Wednesday 7th November, Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney, London. Tickets via See Tickets.
Latest track: ‘Melanin’