They don't make them like this anymore... the well-scrubbed Londoneering indie poptastic quartet Hatcham Social consist of Toby Kidd (vocals / guitar), Finn Kidd (drums), Dave Fineberg (bass / vocals) and multi-tasking new boy Jerome Watson (synth / guitar). You Dig the Tunnel, I'll Hide the Soil is Hatcham Social's debut album. Recorded at big mushroom studios in the north of England with the Charlatans singer Tim Burgess and Jim Spencer at the controls this is a spiky, sparky collection of itching pop tunes which hark back to a time of musical innocence. Live favourites 'So So Happy Making' and 'Penelope (under my hat)' make a reappearance but other than those old lags this is a set of brand new songs highlighted by the tetchy lead off single 'Murder in the Dark', the exotic spoken word dramatics of 'Jabberwocky' and the frankly terrific summer-anthem-in-waiting 'Sidewalk'.
You couldn't accuse the Hatcham boys of rushing things either: in the past two years they have released four limited edition independent singles, compiled two mini-album cassette, played over 200 gigs (including selling out the 100 Club in London and the Fleche D'or in Paris) and enraptured countless music lovers with the sort of charmingly jagged old school alternative stance several of us thought had been destroyed forever by the corporate indie boomtime of the early noughties. In 2008 alone they toured the UK with the Charlatans and then with Ipso Facto. They released their 'Crystal World' mini-album in Japan and signed to TBD Records in North America, becoming Radiohead's labelmates. Behind the cassette releases and the fringes and the fairly obvious admiration for the ethics, morals, tunes and drumming kittens which defined Postcard Records twenty years ago there lurks a hardboiled attitude which takes them well out of any precious indie ghetto. Toby puts it so succintly: "I am not against selling records, but I am against selling shit records." Check out Hatcham Social on tour with Echo & The Bunnymen this fall! US tour dates below.
Nov 17 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
Nov 18 - State Theatre - State College, PA
Nov 20 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA
Nov 21 - Stage One - Fairfield, CT
Nov 15 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Nov 22 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY
Nov 23 - House of Blues - Boston, MANov 25 - Metro - Chicago, IL