THE HOURLY RADIO WILL PERFORM WITH THE BLESSED ISLES AT PIANOS NYC ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 28 AT 7PM CELEBRATING THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORY WILL NEVER HOLD ME (CLICK THE PHOTO TO RSVP). CHECK BACK HERE FOR MORE AFTER THE EVENT.

I encountered The Hourly Radio eight years after History Will Never Hold Me came out, through their bassist, Tim Jansen, when we both joined a band we are still in, Like Herding Cats.

As soon as the needle dropped on the record in the first frames of their Deaf Ears video I knew this was the kind of rawness in modern pop music I wished had caught on a decade ago and hoped the scene was ripe for now — a truly unique, home-grown new wave punk that seems to have emerged from the same emotional place as Wire though was not afraid to bare it’s expressive American heart.

History Will Never Hold Me, The Hourly Radio’s 2006 album, starts it’s statement on the future of pop from the moment we hear a guitar plug into an amp that sounds like it may have been used by Gang of Four’s Andy Gill into an instrumental that, though it begins with the dreamy, possibly European side of their influences, accumulates twang and by the time He Said / She Said kicks in has introduced a saccharine-free, unique, even retro-free catchy original with a rhythm section that takes a disciplined wildness from where the Smiths left it, driving it further and into it’s natural American habitat. The vocal style blends with the thoughtfulness of the guitar phrases and reflects the discipline binding the band’s punk aesthetic and new world pop sensibilities in a hot-blooded high range.

In today’s post-decade world the unique vision The Hourly Radio channeled through that album can be seen for what it is, innovation, and one can hope many more bands will follow in their footsteps and develop American new wave in this millennium.

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