HMLTD have unveiled an extraordinarily accomplished video for new single 'Satan, Luella & I'': watch it on Gigwise below.
It's the first recording they've put out where you see their full potenital. It's the sound of a group of creatively unhinged musicians, ill-afraid to play mix up every convention - aesthetically and musically - and line-up mainstream domination in the process.
The kaleidoscopic new track is about as dynamic in tempo and genre as any track you're likely to hear this year. It creeps into effect with the slow eerie horror pop giving way to a blast of effect-laden sax and piano that fit neatly with synth washes and confident glam vocals that aren’t pastiche, more an exorcism of the singer’s dark thoughts.
The highlight is hearing them introduce a group of female backing singers that help add to the haunting impact, and work to envelope the listener and give confidence that we're listening to a band who are wholly committed to pushing themselves to new heights. The track was released independently of the video alongside live favourite 'Kinkaku-ji' earlier this month.
Even though the below cut is evident they're on a major label budget, it should be noted, however, that they've always been independently minded, and put on an immersive spectacle whatever the money.
Early gigs had that chaotic energy many talk about having seen early Libertines or Jesus and Mary Chian shows - and they're part of a South London 'scene' that has as much momentum as the Toy/Horrors thing had ten years ago.
The support fellow bands in their scene give at small gigs has always ensured volatile, adrenalized crowd so far. It’s a matter of time before strangers give them the same rocket fuel energy. Our reviewer Steven Kline caught them at 100 club and said: " For the next forty minutes HMLTD look and sound like a millennial new romanticism with one perfectly painted fingernail rammed in a plug socket."
Make sure you catch them live to see what all the fuss is about:
Wed 20th Urban Spree, Berlin
Thurs 21st Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
Sat 30th By The Sea Festival, Margate
Thurs 5th Liverpool The Magnet
Fri 6th Dublin The Workman's Club
Sat 7th Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester
Wed 11th Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thurs 12th Newcastle Think Tank?
Fri 13th Glasgow Broadcast
Sat 14th Birmingham Hare And Hounds
Fri 20th Brighton Patterns
Sat 21st Simple Things Festival, Bristol
Tue 24th London Electric Ballroom