Hitchcock @ Dingwalls, London, April 2009

May 26, 2009 by  


Some of you may have heard of a certain Matt Terry. He?s the producer behind The Enemy?s hits ?No Time for Tears? and ?40 Days? as well as working with the likes of Boy Kill Boy and The Wonder Stuff. However, he has now decided it?s time to leap from behind the mixing desk, and take centre stage. His new outfit sees him team up with fellow producer Andy Huckvale to form twisted electronic outfit Hitchcock. Tonight they play Camden?s Dingwalls as part of the Lockstock Festival, a free one day arts and music festival held by the lock.

Looking like a pair twisted acid house junkies, Hitchcock take to the stage and launch straight into their set with ?Blame?. Mixing lush electronic sounds with ferocious guitars, their sound is reminiscent of XTRMNTR era Primal Scream. The crunching bass line of ?Top of The World? reverberates around the room, and is superbly complimented by Terry?s moves. Although the crowd is fairly sparse, the band still play with an abundance of energy and are throwing shapes and bashing synthesizes throughout their frantic set.

Current single ?Smack Boom? is as self explanatory as they come. The punishing opening riff instantly grabs your attention. The baggy beat, Future Sound of London-esque samples and incredibly catchy chorus make this tune the stand out track of the night. As the bleeps kick in and Terry?s moves become increasingly animated it?s like being transported back in time to an acid house squat rave in Manchester.

As the proceedings come to an end with ?Cuban Heels? it becomes evident there is certainly enough talent and energy on display here to make Hitchcock worth keeping an eye on. It?s pretty hard to pin down their sound let alone their look, but trust me you would have not seen anything like them before.

By Chris Cummins