28 March 2012
HRH’s sound sits somewhere between the post-punk of PiL (front-woman Heather Craig’s tortured vocal style and impassioned live performances coming on quite literally like a twenty-first century, female John Lydon) and early Suicide, with all the new wave/synth/electronic, industrial and rockabilly aesthetics fed through a contemporary studio blender and some glam-rock thrown in for good measure.
Taken from the band’s debut album, The First (produced by Tim London), stand-out track Pinky Ring, ostensibly about an innocent item of jewellery, conjures up dark, suggestive imagery more reminiscent of a David Cronenberg film / J.G. Ballard novel, and samples Dusseldorf EBM heroes DAF.
Twitch homes in on the track’s industrial roots, adding a twenty-first century drone that will send heavy waves of bass rolling across the dance floor and promises to provide a bit of an early evening warm-up / late-night sizzle style of weapon for the club. It should be coming out later in 2012 as part of a Trouble 10th Anniversary compilation album.