It’s been a little while since London-based H.Grimace burst forth with their debut, cassette-based EP ‘I Am Material’ in 2015, but last year they resurfaced with their 7” ‘Royal Hush’ and are finally gearing up to release their debut album, ‘Self-Architect’ next month.
That title almost suggests that they’ve been busy forming themselves into a tightly-knit, perfectly formed unit, and that’s pretty much what we get with their latest single ‘Call It Out.’ On it, the band combine neurotic, sometimes staccato post-punk licks with a slightly shoegaze fuzziness and Hannah Gledhill’s distinctively doom-like vocals. The result? A driving, monolithic, occasionally chaotic but thrilling ode to speaking out against the ills of the world.
“It was initially a response to a friend who had been drugged at a party but couldn’t name the perpetrator,” the band said. “But generally the song was about naming something you think should be said but are afraid to say.” It might sometimes be difficult to speak your mind, but it isn’t hard to say that H.Grimace have crafted something quite spellbinding here.