Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Philadelphia's Hail Social released a 7-inch and a 4-song EP, toured the US opening for Interpol and Secret Machines, and have shared stages with Unicorns, TV On The Radio, Ted Leo, Of Montreal, Joan Of Arc, Denali, and Th... more »
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Philadelphia's Hail Social released a 7-inch and a 4-song EP, toured the US opening for Interpol and Secret Machines, and have shared stages with Unicorns, TV On The Radio, Ted Leo, Of Montreal, Joan Of Arc, Denali, and The Rogers Sisters, to name a few. Some believe they're the next band to break out of Philly. Some say their sound is a little Goth with groove, like The Cure's "Head On The Door", or power-wave like Duran Duran's "Seven And The Ragged Tiger". The band likes to refer to this album as "80's roller skating music played by a metal band."
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"This is for real"
Kevin Satterwhite | Houston, TX United States | 12/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Behold Hail Social, the latest addition to the indie dance rock scene. Falling somewhere right in the middle of The Stills and Death From Above 1979, albeit faster paced than The Stills and softer than Death From Above 1979, but equally as melodic as both! Consider Hail Social a more melodic and consistent Elefant if you will.
The album starts off with "Hands Are Tied", probably the heaviest track on the album, which plays a little like a Bloc Party song. It's a great song to start with. Next we suddenly reach the apex, "Get In The Car", Hail Socials gem. This song is beautiful through and through. I particularly enjoy it when lead singer Dayve Hawk (what a name!) goes off: "This is for real. This is for real. SO FOR REAL!" While the lyrics are nothing too intuitive to the artists involved, the melody represented is just completely hypnotic. "Come Out Tonight" is the most alternative track on the album, it's a bass led song which sports some more incredible melodies. "Repetition" slows the tempo of the album down, and not in any bad manner. While it's a slower song, it is by no means slow. Again, I can't emphasize it enough how melodic these guys are. This song is amazing.
The album ends with "No Title", which sounds like a pun, I know. But appropriately enough it is one of the better songs on the album. Other stand outs are "Another Face", which has one of the best choruses on the album, "Feeling Is Wrong" and "Track #1". The only song I find myself skipping is "More Time", which isn't necessarily a bad song...
Overall, this album is amazing. Like any band of this nature: The Bravery, Elefant, Death From Above 1979, Bloc Party and The Stills, the main focus of Hail Social is not the lyrics. All the aforementioned bands including Hail Social are melody driven bands, and if you like any of the bands I listed as comparison, do yourself a favor and check out Hail Social, as they just joined the best of this genre."
One of the best albums of the year
dudleydawson | New York, NY USA | 08/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw Hail Social open for Interpol in NYC a few years back. They blew me away! I've since seen them at some small venues in nyc, too. They're definitely worth checking out. They don't fit the stereotype of the typical post-punk bands of late."
Dancy as hell post-punk
C. Usher | Charlottesville, VA USA | 08/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a broke college student, so it's rare that after forking up the dough for a concert ticket I'll actually be inclined to buy the band's CD. However, I just saw these guys open for Rainer Maria in Charlottesville, VA, and I couldn't help myself. This weekend's beer money went to Hail Social for their new album and I certainly don't regret it! I listened to the album five times in a row right after I got it. The album only has 9 songs on it, but they're all great songs. If you like catchy, dancy post-punk stuff like Death From Above 1979, Bloc Party, or the Stills (all great bands) you'll like these guys too."