Ahead of their January gig at The Lock Tavern in Camden, I caught up with London four-piece Hella Better Dancer in a (loud!) café down the road. Find out what the guys had to say about being back on the stage, abusing instruments, and why they have unfinished business with Lauren Laverne:
Check out more on the band over at http://hellabetterdancer.tumblr.com/, and don’t forget to check out a quick video from the gig below.
So, it’s been a very quiet period on this blog as of late. Of course, the usual excuses have been holding back the updates; a new job, moving cities, the holidays, etc. And while it may be the turn of the new year and the renewed excitement that comes with it which has me blogging again, I am happier to say that it is more down to a collection of artists that have me all excited about new music once more, a few of which I will be blogging about over the coming weeks.
The first of these is Hella Better Dancer. While they hail from Camden, London, there is little else listed online to describe the four-piece And yet, with music as immersive as these guys are putting out, you’ll almost be glad that there are no such distractions.
No doubt about it, Hella Better Dancer’s music is some of the freshest I’ve heard in a long time. Even despite the obvious youth seen in their press shots, they have a rich and atmospheric sound that artists double their age long to pull off successfully- a sound sometimes even captured through nothing more than a Built-In-Microphone recording in a member’s front room.
However, as the video above shows, this is more than just some laptop trickery. Indeed, played live, tracks like ‘Sleep’ are delivered with even greater passion and impressive musicianship than their lo-fi counterparts. Why not see for yourself? The band play The Lock Tavern, Camden on January 20th (more info). In the meantime, be sure to check out the band’s Bandcamp page for some free downloads (link).