PUL­SAT­ING DE­BUT FROM DUBLIN IN­DIE QUAR­TET

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Joe Car­roll might not have been around to help Heroes in Hid­ing record their de­but LP if it hadn’t been for his mirac­u­lous sur­vival and re­cov­ery after fall­ing out of a mov­ing coach in the mid­dle of a mo­tor­way last year. Then again, if that ex­pe­ri­ence had never hap­pened, we might not have been gifted with Cur­tains’ lead song, ‘Hospi­tal’. Fash­ioned from his ex­pe­ri­ences in hospi­tal, Joe found the song’s beat from a two-tone piece of med­i­cal machin­ery and set about mak­ing this joy­ous ode to pain and re­cov­ery.

The LP could be car­ried on the weight of ‘Hospi­tal’ alone, but in the space of six songs, Heroes in Hid­ing prove their met­tle. The ao­mo­spheric ‘Trou­ble’ lay­ers se­duc­tive grooves over big drum­beats and cym­bal­crashes. The haunt­ing bari­tone – which re­peats the lines “I don’t like what I’m be­com­ing” dur­ing the song’s de­noue­ment – is wor­thy of The Na­tional’s front­man Matt Berninger.

The tracks which fol­low – ‘Beer’ and ‘The Rid­dle’ – con­tinue in the vein of start­ing from unas­sum­ing be­gin­nings and build­ing to a cli­mac­tic fi­nale: this is a band with the con­fi­dence and verve to pull big alt-rock num­bers out of the bag. Fi­nal track ‘Talk Shit’ is quite lit­er­ally full of life – ac­tual con­ver­sa­tions play in the back­ground – and its crescendo en­sures the al­bum fin­ishes on a high. With six songs, you feel like you’ve barely scratched the sur­face, and that could ul­ti­mately be the big­gest draw­back – the al­bum is not the fleshed-out, no holds barred thing it should right­fully be.

Then again, if this is what the

Dublin boys can do with six songs, we’re ex­cited for what comes next... Pay at­ten­tion to the men be­hind the Cur­tains.

HEROES IN HID­ING

Cur­tains Heroes In Hid­ing

‘Trou­ble’

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