Listen to: Haunch – Lay My Bones Beside The Others
HAUNCH are your new favourite east Antrim-bred supergroup, featuring two heads from late-90s prospects Throat and the bassman for the godfathers of Irish alternative rock, Therapy?
Willy (guitars, lead vocals and drums), Rory (guitar/vocals) and Michael (bass) have declared their mission to be the creation of 'dark, distorted pop songs': their debut album Lay My Bones Beside The Others very much ticks that box, being chock-full of melodic, heavy riffage powered tunes.
Their first single was the thunderous album-opening track Twitching, which sounds a bit like early Queens Of The Stone Age crossed with Throat's chunky/spiky laments, proving that Willy and Rory's vocals still blend perfectly.
Haunch have now selected Where Do We Go From Here? as their next assault on the airwaves, a heavy, groovy slice of new wave angst featuring some cool ringing guitar work and a naggingly catchy chorus that should help put them on the wireless.
You can get both these tunes and indeed the other nine numbers on the album – don't miss slamming mid-tempo chugger Don't Mean Much, the stop/start pummel of Silent Drag and their pair of thumping ballads, Let It Out Slowly and Serpents Garden – right now on iTunes and at Haunch.bandcamp.com, where CDs are also available for purchase for the ultra-keen.
Recommended for fans of the players' previous/current acts and fans of catchy/crunchy alternative rock in general, hopefully Haunch will evolve past the 'studio project' stage to play at least a few shows to support their debut release.
Decent drummers make yourselves known – anyone got Fyfe Ewing's number?