A horrible hack

Henry Blacker

Hungry Dogs Will Eat Dirty Puddings

Year Released: 2014
Format: LP
Label: Riot Season - Learning Curve
Reviewed by Kunal Nandi on Jan 6, 2014
This is basically going to be a totally biased review since I know these guys personally (then again, what review isn’t biased in some way?) but anyway, Henry Blacker are a new trio formed by the brothers from curate’s egg of an indie / electronica outfit Reigns and that tall bass dude from Hey Colossus. They’ve all got down and dirty with some nicely immediate, grimy and off the cuff power-trio post-hardcore jams. Like the titular pudding, this raspberry tart of an album has a rock solid base (of pastry if you will) with drums and bass locking proceedings down while Tim’s unusual guitar jags and sometimes muttered, often howled and always threatening vocals provide an acidic tang. Vibe-wise I am channelling the pension-age weary gruffness of Harvey MIlk, though in a less mathy and more straight-up manner, but keeping the crunchy riffs and nice roll to proceedings. “Scumblood” and “A Bone And A Thistle” are the the rollicking efforts that float my boat, though I think my fave is “Your Birthday Has Come And Gone” with its snaky, mid-tempo riff that pays off with a satisfying crescendo. Eight songs in half an hour means no oustaying of welcomes either.

Henry Blacker
Riot Season Records (UK/EU)
Learning Curve Records (US)

Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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