Review // HMLTD @ The Castle Hotel

Words & Images By Wes Foster.

Seeming to have come from nowhere, HMLTD (restyled from Happy Meal LTD, which was considered too close to another modern indie band) are one of the most exciting bands around right now, and the two tracks that can currently be found online (outside of live recordings) attest to that, with their refreshingly dissociated style, easily finding a way to build and drop within the tracks.

This almost seems like proto-punk, a new form that is both disgusting in content whilst also being somewhat refined. It has tangible edges and shape to it, and although the anger is raw it also seems contained and stylised.

‘Stained’, their latest single, has all the hard hitting punk DIY attitude of any good punk track, attacking everything and using an incredibly vibrant sound to do it. The best part of their writing comes from the nuances in their sound, something that can especially be seen in ‘Is This What You Wanted?’ and the more refined alternative electronic sound.

They’re a hard band to pin down, with such a range of sounds in their compositions. Something truly exciting, and something truly different.

Their live show amplifies exactly what the currently available singles have: the absolute rawness of a great band. Their sound seems to change to cater for their live performances, becoming more of a rock band than the alternative electronica they tease. This is no detriment however, and it’s rare to see a band that are so exciting and so captivating, and perhaps that is in part down to their extraordinary look.

It’s arguable that the aesthetic is everything, and for many bands it is. HMLTD are unusually the whole package. They have the look, and they have the tracks which ooze substance to back that up. If you’ve seen them on this tour, then you’ve most probably witnessed something that is very special.

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HMLTD played at The Castle Hotel on Sunday 27 November, 2016, and were supported by Luxury Death.

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