HSY – “Scratch” (Stereogum Premiere)

HSY – “Scratch” (Stereogum Premiere)

Though HSY have been putting out singles since 2013, they haven’t announced a full-length album until now. Bask is slated to drop this coming September on the small but excellent Toronto-based label, Buzz Records, who also released the band’s recent 7″ and rep other local bands like Greys and Dilly Dally. HSY make acerbic music that somehow manages to sound engaging despite its tendency toward dissonance. Even-handed, melodic hooks jut out of the song’s tumult like pointy elbows at a crowded show, jabbing you in the gut and momentarily winding you. The band’s lead singer, Jude (just “Jude,” no last name), typically yowls with the conviction of hardcore greats, but on the forthcoming album’s debut single, he pants in desperation. “Scratch” is overburdened with the sheer potential for noise, reordering chaos and pathos into a short, powerful statement. Listen and check out Bask’s tracklist below.

Bask tracklist:
01 “Acid Peel”
02 “Slush Puppy”
03 “Feeder”
04 “Sally”
05 “Scratch”
06 “Cyber Bully”
07 “Woulda Coulda”
08 “Interlude”
09 “Valour”
10 “Dr. Death”

Bask is out 9/11 via Buzz Records.

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