Witterings from an old indie kid
The Hannah Barberas follow up their recent compilation The Hannah Barberas Get Physical with a new EP. From listening to the girl band influenced opener It’s Not Over for the Heartache you know you are going to be onto a winner. The Sound of Happiness is an indie pop delight which, title aside, name checks Edwyn Collins which is rather ironic as the subsequent track Hideous is very Orange Juice like both musically and vocally.
More C86 influenced indiepop follows in the shape of Hurry On Home which leads into the swinging dance hall rock n’ roll of Hula Hoop. The closer is the bands cover of Billy Bragg’s Help Save the Youth of America. As the band state it’s a song “that could have been written yesterday, rather than 30 odd years ago”. If the current state of British indiepop leaves you despairing then just pick pick pick pick up the phone and get dialling!
Dial H for Hannah Barberas is out early next month on Subjangle on CD and digital formats. Pre-order it from here.