It’s difficult to classify a band such as Cornwall’s Hanterhir, among the fifteen – yes, fifteen– songs tracks on ‘Our Hour’ the band dip into different genres like a guest at a finger buffet, filling their plate with rock, punk, folk and poppy radio-friendly music but the music feels connected by the acoustic guitar that ties the song writing together. What Hanterhir reminds me of are the 90’s indie Britpop bands that tried pushing the genre away from the Oasis and Blur songs that dominated the music stations and newspaper inches. Bands such as Longpigs, Dodgy and Shed Seven, and this sound carries on into the production and arrangement of the songs, from the drum pattern on ‘Soul Train’ the intro guitar of ‘The Centre of All’ and Suede-esque ‘Knots’ to the vocal performance.
But to say the band are a throw back to the music of twenty years ago wouldn’t be correct, yes there is a definite inspiration (but let’s face it, everyone is inspired by something) but there is a feeling of a musical collective, of putting ideas and sounds into a big pot and having fun seeing what comes out when the ingredients are served up. It’s good to hear music being written away from the big cities of London, Manchester and Birmingham, songs that don’t limit themselves to the grey walls and noisy nights of twenty-four-hour traffic and sirens and, as an album, it’s a success. The band is definitely worth exploring, with a back catalogue emphasising their hard work, you could do a lot worse than giving them a few hours of your time.