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  • George McSherry

Review: "A.M.C." - The Hilder

Your jacket is leather, your jeans are skinny and ripped, and your dance partner tastes like cigarettes. "A.M.C.", the fresh new single fromThe Hilder, transports you to a steamy festival marquee amongst the crowd that bounces and sways in a faithful, chaotic order that resorbs you into itself. A direct approach to sustaining the indie-rock sound, "A.M.C." has undeniable energy packed into its curt frame that piques comparisons to the types of festival bands known for producing anthemic tunes such as Bad Suns or Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Andy's Man Club, the organization that donates its name to the song, works to champion mental health and to provide a safe space for men to speak openly about any problems they might be facing. While the track may not be a replacement for therapy, it is undeniably uplifting and is likely to help shift your mood for the better in the short term at the very least. A fervent vocal performance from frontman Matty Jackman is energetically bolstered by the fine-tuned combination of Sam Parsons, Danny Jackman, and Regan Grimson on guitar, bass, and drums respectively. Punchy, poignant lyricism is delivered in an appropriately staccato bounce, demanding a toe-tap at the very least. "A.M.C." leaves us in the same abrupt fashion that it introduced itself, with only a slight fade before the indie-daydream fuel sees itself exit stage right. Encore?

The Hilder is a four-part band hailing from Yorkshire hellbent on establishing themselves as a deserved staple in the sphere of British indie-rock. In spite of having released just four singles, the group has garnered attention from all the right places to build the necessary momentum so that it might just all fall into place. Hopefully, that won't be too much to take for the fledgling music-makers as their growing fanbase is surely hungry for more singles, EPs, albums, and everything in between. For future bragging rights, make sure to check out the links below so you can say: "I knew them before they blew up. No big deal."

Written By George McSherry



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