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Hobbes Fanclub at Performer Magazine

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Hobbes Fanclub at Hipersonica

Qué tiene de bueno: Pese a que The Hobbes Fanclub acuden un repertorio sonoro más que conocido, en Up At Langrage (Shelflife, 2014) hay canciones que, por más repetitivas que puedan sonar de buenas a primeras, siempre se revelan como estupendas acompañantes. Un disco sencillo, poco complicado, tanto para ellos como para nosotros, que opta por la versión electrifizante y atmosférica del Indie Pop, antes que por los juegos de guitarras cristalinas y la coartada minimalista. Más cerca de los My Bloody Valentine pre-Loveless que The Smiths, Up At Langrage es, en cualquier caso, un trabajo estupendo.

Una canción: ‘Outisde Myself’.


Hobbes Fanclub at Indie Nauta

Os lo comentamos fugazmente en nuestra crónica del pasado Indietracks, pero hoy volvemos a insistir, por si todavía os queda un hueco en vuestras listas de lo mejor del año. Provenientes de la ciudad de Bradford, al norte de Inglaterra, The Hobbes Fanclub comenzó en 2008 como el proyecto en solitario del cantante y guitarrista Leon Carroll, con la ayuda transoceánica de la brasileña Fabiana Karpinski. Y aunque nunca se vieron en persona lograron publicar un par de CD-R compartidos, primero con Young Michelin en 2010 en Cloudberry Records y un año después con Leach Me Lemonade en Dufflecoat Records.

Pero el el abandono del proyecto por parte de Fabiana y el deseo de Carroll de formar una banda real transformó a The Hobbes Fanclub en un sólido trío, conLouise Phelan al bajo y Adam Theakston en la batería. El nuevo grupo rápidamente puso en circulación su el 7” Your Doubting Heart, debut oficial en verano de 2012 a través de la infalible Shelflife.

Ahora el círculo se ha completado con el esperado lanzamiento, en agosto de este año, de Up At Lagrange, su primer larga duración también vía Shelflife. Un auténtico discazo de shoegaze pasado por un melancólico y crepuscular filtro pop, repleto de feedback, irresistibles melodías chico/chica envueltas en brumas y calculadas distorsiones, y cristalinas guitarras titilantes surgiendo de entre las sombras. Lo dicho, discazo.


Hobbes Fanclub at Whisperin and Hollerin

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Hobbes Fanclub at Louder Than War

71. The Hobbes Fanclub – Up at Lagrange (Self-Released)

Up At Lagrange was The Hobbes Fanclub’s (who we wrote about first in 2012) highly anticipated debut album. Catchy girl-boy vocals, wispy C86 jangles, lush distortion and overdriven guitars are this albums modus-operandi.

Sarah Lay says of The Hobbes Fanclub:

“Sepia-tinted indie pop; lo-fi reverb vocals, a background fuzz and a warm riff pulling it all together.”


Hobbes Fanclub at Big Takeover (print)

The moniker of this coed Bradford, England trio’s album may insinuate something like vintage ZZ Top, but that’s light years off course. HFC bowed in 2012 with the outstanding “Your Doubting Heart” single, aesthetically fulfilling the promise of by-gone no-hit wonders from their home turf’s C86 indie scene 25 years ago. Up follows suit with that and 10 more utopic, tremolo kissed blasts that find them peering into their local reflecting pool with visages of early Primal Scream, Stone Roses, and Moose exchanging an approving wink and a nod back. The best of the best, including the intoxicating “Boy From Outer Space” and “Outside Myself,” could very well see the Hobbes ascending to the highest echelons of their ilk. Pains of Being Pure at Heart, consider yourselves warned!


Hobbes Fanclub at The Tipping Point

‘Stay Gold’ is the second song from the long overdue debut LP from The Hobbes Fanclub ‘Up At Lagrange’, and it’s accompanying video is perhaps a perfect companion for this Bradford trio’s sound. The video is grainy, hand held holiday footage the band took in Paris, and has that perfect home movie sense of nostalgia, familiarity and a warm fuzzy feeling permeates throughout.

Comparisons to their forefathers of pop drenched in distortion and reverb are obvious (and well deserved) with ‘Stay Gold’ recalling the familiar sounds of The Jesus and Mary ChainGalaxie 500 and Teenage Fanclub, but they’re no mere imitators. Their hard hitting rhythms, the interplay between the two vocals, and some memorable riffs help imprint The Hobbes Fanclub’s own style that echoes a familiar genre which sets them into a field with newer contemporaries like Joanna GruesomeSpook School and The Lovely Eggs. It’s a really rather lovely record.


Hobbes Fanclub at So Said K

It was six years in the making, but The Hobbes Fanclub‘s debut LP, Up At Lagrange, is finally here. I’m going to have to agree with everyone else, too – it was worth the wait.

I remember hearing “Your Doubting Heart” for the first time. It must have been just prior to my NYC Popfest 2013 weekend, where I was lucky enough to see the band play (twice? Perhaps we won’t talk about that here). I missed them atIndietracks thanks to clashes (or was I just hiding out in the train bar?) which I am now regretting.

The Bradford, UK trio as it is now known, comprised of guitarist Leon Carroll, bassist Louise Phelan, and drummer Adam Theakston, was drafted together in 2011, though the band has existed since 2008. The influences and inspirations are obvious: a lot of Jesus and Mary Chain, a little Galaxie 500, hints of Ride and other like shoegaze bands. It’s lush and dreamy. It’s melodic with just the right amount of feedback. Each song shimmers out of my speakers into my pop-loving heart. It’s an instant classic.

I’m jumping on the bandwagon: this has all kinds of Album of the Year potential.

Up At Lagrange is now available via Shelflife Records or, for the UK, The Hobbes Fanclub’s bandcamp page. This will sell out so don’t wait too long.


Hobbes Fanclub at RW/FF

The Bradford-based trio The Hobbes Fanclub conjure up a dreamy, reverb-dipped and melodic sound on their debut album ‘Up At Lagrange’, which harks back to the restrained production values and style of late 80s/early 90s shoegaze pop.

The delicate haze and plaintive vocals of ‘Into The Night’ create a wonderful opening and is followed by the highlight ‘Stay Gold’, which dazzles with its shimmering guitar hooks, early 90s production and colourful boy/girl vocal melodies. A version of the band’s 2012 debut single ‘Your Doubting Heart’ provides a pacey breeze of sweetness, while the melancholic indie pop punk moment ‘The Boy From Outer Space’ delivers bright harmonies, yet the lyrics could have done with improvements. Although at first the splendid ‘I Knew You’d Understand’ just seems to blend in with the previous track, its joyousStone Roses-esque melodies and emotive jangle catapult it to brilliance, before the wonderful ‘Run Into The Sea”s guitars ring out beautifully over a sweetly melodic and powerful, atmospheric backdrop, almost bringing to mind a Felt/Jesus And Mary Chain/Ride hybrid. Absolutely perfect for these late summer nights.
The magnificent shoegaze epic ‘How Could You Leave Me Like This’ is equally brilliant, contributing towards two fine centrepieces that pull at the heart strings while combining distortion and melody to brilliant effect. ‘Outside Myself’ is energetic yet melancholic, and comes complete with a very Britpoppy guitar solo, but doesn’t feel as strong as the other tracks, while ‘Why Should You Tell The Truth’ is a dreamy grower, and with it’s swooning guitar lines, the title track sounds almost like what might have happened if Sonic Youth wrote ballads. The emotionally expansive, closer ‘Sometimes’ is beautifully spacious in its simplicity and effective in its largely instrumental structure, concluding the LP wonderfully.

On the very focused ‘Up At Lagrage’, sunset-lit shoegaze vibes and melodic alt-rock sounds are wired together to create a type of reverb-laden guitar pop that evokes the true indie of decades past, while picking up plenty of influences from more recent years. A delightful slow burning beauty of an album. 7.8/10


Hobbes Fanclub at Love Yourself Too

Click through to check out the Sound & Fury November mixtape at Love Yourself Too.