Thursday, 28 July 2016

TACO HELL – EP REVIEW

Taco Hell – Breathe Deeply (Circle House Records) 
Taco Hell - Breathe Deeply EP


Release Date: 12th August 2016

Regular readers will know how much I love a good band name and Nottingham Punks Taco Hell have already put themselves in the driver’s seat for my ‘Band Name of The Year’ Award in December. The quartet have only been together since January but they’ve already bagged themselves a deal with Exeter label Circle House Records who are re-releasing this debut EP. The five track EP opens up with ‘Joe Shocks the Band’, a furious two minutes of punky, bouncy fun that sets out the band’s stall and boy do they mean business. ‘High 2.2’ is up next and it’s a thoroughly British slice of garage-punk lamenting the waste of time spent studying towards something, anything really, in the hope of a future, of a direction.

The rawness and energy will surely appeal to devotees of Steve Lamacq’s playlists and would have certainly got John Peel excited back in the day. ‘Bendy’ is a slightly mellower affair as singer Joe Booker wails “Don’t walk out on me, I’ve got something to ask you” over clashing and jangling guitars. ‘Audrey’ is my favourite track on this collection with its heavy rhythm section and gang mentality played out through rough edged vocal harmonies. The EP closes with ‘Breathe Deeply’ which, at six minutes long, is virtually prog-rock for these guys and has a more considered approach as the song builds its shoegazey, My Bloody Valentine wall of noise just to deliver the devastating singular vocal of “All I know is that I don’t want to go, Breathe deeply with me”. Taco Hell might not be as whimsical as their



Live Dates:

12th August – JT Soar, Nottingham w/Happy Accidents + Austeros + Sun>Moon
19th August – Santiago’s, Leeds w/Splitsville + Middle Distance + Jaded
20th September – JT Soar, Nottingham w/The Tuts + Crywank
28th September – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham w/The Tuts + Happy Accidents

2nd October – JT Soar, Nottingham w/Dowsing + Ratboys

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