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Hurtling: Future From Here – LP review

Review by Lorna Myles

At the time of writing, Hurtling remain one of alt-rock’s best-kept secrets. If you’ve been lucky enough to stumble across one of their searing sets in tiny London venues, or possibly at Loud Women Fest 2019, this album will come as a welcome reminder of the layered and intense sound these three unassuming people seemingly effortlessly forge onstage. If you’re one of the many who’ve not yet made their acquaintance, however, well. You’re in for a treat.

Each member of the band is exceptionally talented and you may have spotted one or more of them augmenting the live sound for artists like My Bloody Valentine, Graham Coxon, Charlotte Hatherley etc. But together, playing their own songs, they’re a formidable force, an actual super-group.

From the opening track, Start, with its Pavement-esque guitar riff and slightly off-kilter drums riding along in a cart behind, this record sounds like a road trip across a desert, somewhere in America, with friends driving together in a tripped out convoy, bouncing over bumps in the road, racing each other gleefully, overtaking, pulling apart, careering back together again.

The sounds across the whole album are gorgeous – rich, fuzzy guitar and bass, sometimes drenched in reverb, always warm, riffs and beats and vocals always landing just right with just the right amount of space between. And everything flows, like water through channels full of interesting edges and varied depths, burbling playfully, sometimes smooth and fast sometimes gurgling around a stone or a tree.  

 When Memory Cassette starts up it sounds like a radio hit coming over the car stereo; a slice of west coast summer punk/pop, with a tipsy riff to fall over for. Next comes the darkly intense Feel It, where singer/guitarist Jen Macro’s voice ranges from gentle and pure to a slightly stifled scream…

“so it begins / pulling out limbs / FEEL IT!”

Summer is known from live sets as the epic one with the big psychedelic rock out ending. “Let’s start on an even keel / let’s touch what we cannot feel / my heart wouldn’t even say” sings Jen and you feel your heart softly break, before the chorus lifts you up and then that big ending makes all the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

But the stand out track is possibly Alone, with its beautiful guitar picking, dreamy chord modulations and, towards the end, lush harmonies. “Now here I stand in the sand drawing a line / between what’s yours now and used to be mine.” It sounds ready made for a film, for the scene with the rain pattered night-time drive home, the heroine looking sadly out of the window, etc, ad lib to fade. Surely it’s only a matter of time?

Hurtling – Future From Here will be released by Onomatopoeia on 18 Oct 2019

There’s an album launch gig at The Islington on 17 Oct 2019, where the band will be playing the album in its entirety.

Hurtling: Pre-LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 Question Interview

Hurtling are a so-hot-right-now London indie trio, powered by Jen Macro – quite possibly the best guitarist in the world. If you’ve not seen them before, prepare to meet your new favourite band at LOUD WOMEN Fest on 14 Sept, 4pm on the Boston Music Room. Here’s their 5 question interview …

1. For people who’ve not seen you play live before, what can we expect from you at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

Three  slightly awkward people on a stage playing 30 mins of guitar led, dynamically diverse, dreamnoise pop with dark hued lyrics.

2. Fill in the blanks:

“Our sound is like the lovechild of The Carpenters and Pixies with a bit on the side from Wolf Alice”.

3. Give us your band manifesto in no more than 20 words.

Be kind, be genuine, be happy, be-bop-a-lula. Oh, and fuck Boris.

4. Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

Hard to narrow it down but… Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something, ARXX, Personal Best, The Baby Seals, Hello Delaware, Lilith Ai.

5. What made you want to play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

We’ve wanted to play the fest since it started. LOUD WOMEN is such a great community, and we want to dance and party all night long with all the amazing people.

Hurtling: Summer – video premiere and interview

Proud to bring you the video premiere of ‘Summer’ – by the very awesome Hurtling, the London indie trio driven by one of our favourite guitarists ever, Jen Macro.

The song lives up to its name: playful guitars, and vocals at first beguilingly sweet and warm before luring us into a melodic downpour of tempestuous fuzz. It’s truly beautiful.

How lucky are we that we get to see these fine musicians live in just a few weeks at LOUD WOMEN Fest 4? Dead lucky, that’s how!

We asked Jen Macro to tell us more about ‘Summer’ in her own words …

‘Summer’ grew from the riff that leads the second half of the song – I remember coming up with it while Jon and Simon were having a break outside. When they heard the riff they excitedly dashed back in to play along. The song kinda took shape from there.  

Lyrically i guess it is about making the best of life, and getting along with each other. Appreciating the good things – being ‘awake for the summer’ soaking up every minute of vitamin D while you can.

I wanted the video to have a home movie vibe. The footage in the studio (Onecat in Brixton, run by our very own Jon Clayton) is us actually recording takes for the version of the song that is on the album. It was just us in the room, with a tripod and camera, I liked the informality and intimacy. The other videos of the sun were things that caught my eye so I captured them on my phone, as and when, over 2 summers. The idea was we would start off in the studio (in black and white), then ‘journey’ to a (colorful) gig. I had initially wanted a montage of performances – we’d got audience members to take videos of us playing Summer in various venues, but in the end it was too much for my editing skills – so I stuck with what had filmed by Andrew Duffy at The Green Door Store in Brighton where Chris Tomsett (Innerstrings) did the lighting, which with a few effects seems to have turned out quite psychedelic.

Catch Hurtling Live

Sat August 31 – Primadonna Festival, Laffitts Hall, Suffolk

Sat September 14  – Loud Women fest, The Dome

LOUD WOMEN Volume Two compilation album: track listing revealed

Drumroll please as we can finally announce the full 22 track listing for the hotly-anticipated LOUD WOMEN Volume Two compilation album, which will be launched 14 September 2019 at LOUD WOMEN Fest 4!

1The FranklysNot Guilty
2The TxlipsThe Lost One
3I, DorisThe Girl From Clapham
4The Menstrual CrampsNo Means No
5The CleopatrasForty
6LIINESNever Wanted This
7PussyliquorMy Body My Choice
8Pleasure VenomHive
9ARXXIron Lung
10Ms MohammedNever Again
11The Baby SealsIt’s Not About the Money, Honey
12Peach ClubNot Your Girl
13T-BitchFrighty Nighty
14Jemma Freeman & The Cosmic SomethingSomeone Else to Blame
15Jelly CleaverYarl’s Wood
16Secondhand UnderpantsThe Anthem
17GaptoothPost-Patriarchy Disco
18Vaginas, What Else?Loose Tile
19GGAllan PartridgeI Feel Lobe
20HurtlingDon’t Know Us
21Personal BestRadio
22Bridget HartLet Loose Lucy

The CD is available to pre-order now for just £5 from our Bandcamp page – and as a thank you for pre-ordering, when the CD releases after 14 Sept we’ll also send you a copy of Volume One! So that’s 42 of the loudest of loud women, all for a cheeky fiver.

Praise for LOUD WOMEN Volume Two:

“Scabrous riffs, inventive songcraft and full force in-your-face woman power from all bands involved. Loud Women festival shows up the mainstream by exhibiting the very best of women in rock.”

– Paula Frost, Vive Le Rock

“LOUD WOMEN are inspiring social change”

– Kerrang!

At a time of toxic masculinity in the industry, platforms like Loud Women are a brilliant, and brazen, beacon of hope shining a floodlight on marginalised musicians. Turn it up LOUD.

Cheri Amour, Soho Radio / She Shreds magazine

LOUD WOMEN rock!

DJ John Kennedy, Radio X

LOUD WOMEN Fest 4 – final lineup revealed!

14 Sept 2019 at London’s Dome and Boston Music Room looks set to see the biggest (and best?) LOUD WOMEN Fest yet! Here’s the news we’ve been dying to tell you for months … our final* lineup, in no particular order …

Plus afterparty DJs, food, zines, records, and all manner of fun things we’ve not even thought up yet – get in touch with us on loudwomenclub@gmail.com if you’d like to get involved!

Earlybird tickets are now sold out but you can still grab regular advanced tickets from here.

*I mean, as final as anything is that could possibly have slight changes here and there in cases of sickness, injury, best friends throwing last-minute weddings, that sort of thing. But pretty damn final I’d say!

LOUD WOMEN Fest 4 – second wave lineup announcement!

Ridiculously excited to let you know the next 8 bands to make up our 20-strong lineup for LOUD WOMEN Fest 4! Drumroll please …

Joining us on Saturday 14 September at The Dome and the Boston Music room will be …

  • The Baby Seals
  • Personal Best
  • Pleasure Venom (USA)
  • Gaptooth
  • GGAllan Partridge
  • The Cleopatras (Italy)
  • Nervous Twitch
  • and The Samba Sisters

These awesome eightsome are in addition to the lovelies we have already announced, namely:

  • ARXX
  • Hurtling
  • Peach Club
  • Secondhand Underpants (Turkey)
  • The Txlips (USA)
  • The Menstrual Cramps

Which means that right now our lineup looks like this!

Best fest yet already … and there are still 6 more acts to announce!

Grab your earlybird tickets now:

Advent Galendar Window no.13 – Hurtling

Christmas is so close now you can almost touch its snowy nose! Time to open window number 13 of the LOUD WOMEN Advent Galendar …

and it’s Hurtling!

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Indie rockers Hurtling are led by the goddess-like genius that is Jen Macro, an absolutely stunning guitarist, songwriter, and all-round awesome loud woman.

211217_A4flyer1We’re dead chuffed that Hurtling are joining us for our Christmas party next week, 21 December at The Lexington.

Find them at …

http://apostrophewife.wixsite.com/hurtling/live

https://www.facebook.com/hurtlingtowards/

The VERY LOUD WOMEN Xmas party

Giddy up jingle horse! It’s the most wonderful time of the year – come all ye faithful (and faithless) and celebrate LOUD WOMEN stylee, with a very special performance by …

JOANNE JOANNE
Famously ‘fusing the Sex Pistols with Chic’ (!), Joanne Joanne – five London based female musicians (including, too perfectly, two Joannes) – conceptually align themselves with Duran Duran’s classic 1981/ 1982 oeuvre, performing faithfully – and exclusively – songs from that period, out of love – and as Nick Rhodes might have once quipped ‘for aesthetic reasons’. They ‘don’t do Rio’. But they do do the Night Versions.
http://www.joannejoanne.co.uk

Support from:

GUTTFULL
Everyone’s favourite dirty glitter sax punks from Surrey, putting the patriarchy in its place since 2016.
https://www.facebook.com/guttfull/

HURTLING
Beloved alt-rock influenced dreamnoise lovelies, led by goddess-like genius Jen Macro.
https://www.facebook.com/hurtlingtowards/

Expect games, very special guests, mistletoe, late nite Xmas disco and presents. Ho ho ho!

We’re excited to be joined by the awesome DJs from Mammory Tapes, who’ll be running a Christmas disco after the bands, spinning tunes til your feet can’t dance no more!

Tickets from
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/416415
£8 in advance

 

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Joanne Joanne: 10 question interview

jjJoanne Joanne is the world’s premier all-woman Duran Duran tribute band, and we love them to bits. Who better to headline our Christmas party on 21 December at The Lexington! In preparation, we asked 10 questions of JJ’s lead guitarist, the legendary Charley Stone (pictured centre, bottom).

  1. Who is the best Joanne of recent times?

Two of them are in our band! Jo Bevan and Jo Gate-Eastley. But also, Jo Brand, for dry wittingly and perfectly challenging all-male panels everywhere.

  1. What’s your favorite Duran Duran song?

Probably ‘New Religion’ because it’s a “dialogue between the ego and the alter-ego”. Or ‘Sound of Thunder’, from the first album, because it makes me think about lying out in the sun with synth lines and drums racing through my head feeling drunk on life.

  1. San Junipero or The Handmaids Tale?

powerCan I confess I’ve not actually watched either of them. I did read The Handmaids Tale recently and yes it’s amazing but a bit too depressing for some of these Viewers at this current time. Can I instead put in a vote for the book everyone’s reading on the tube, i.e. The Power by Naomi Alderman. [Ed. LOUD WOMEN thoroughly endorses this book also.]

  1. Best heckle, you’ve received (or given)?

For many years I used to shout out for “Martha’s Harbour” at every gig I went to, including e.g. hardcore American punk bands. These days I tend to stick with “Very Good Indeed” or “Not Bad!”

  1. Who were the second best 80s band (after DD)?

The Fall [Ed. LOUD WOMEN thoroughly denounce Mark E Smith.]

  1. What’s the 2nd best tribute band name (after Joanne Joanne)?

The Misters of Circe, my gender-nonconforming Sisters of Mercy tribute band. Let’s face it, it’s even better than the original.

  1. What’s the best thing about being in your band?

I always wanted to be in Duran Duran, but actually with this we’ve created the ideal version of Duran Duran: all the best bits and none of the rubbish. And totally inhabiting it. Don’t just dream it, be it.

  1. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.

Can I put in a word for “The Book of Words”, Duran Duran’s booklyric book from 1984, with essays about their Seven & The Ragged Tiger tour and making-videos, and lots of thoughts from Simon le Bon about the artistic process. It was a very formative work for me, I’ll be honest.

 

  1. What are your band goals?

Hammersmith Odeon by ‘82, Wembley Arena by ’83, Madison Square Garden by ‘84.

 

  1. Give your top 5 contemporary bands.

Jen Macro’s Hurtling are amazing! We’re really excited about playing with them on 21 Dec – make sure you get there early to see their whole set. They have the only bassist who can give our Jo Gate-Eastley a run for her money.

Jo Bevan’s Desperate Journalist are pretty perfect, if you loved all the best bits about The Smiths and The Cure and Bjork.

Also can we mention our sister band, MX Tyrants? Formed when we kept coming up with new riffs and ideas while rehearsing Duran Duran songs for Joanne Joanne. Current line-up is me (Charley), Lolo, Jo Gate-Eastley and Catherine Riley – we have a new video out, Sycamore Semaphore.

I think 3 is enough. Let’s not get carried away.


 

Follow Joanne Joanne on Facebook then come see them live at the Lexington when they play our Christmas Party on 21 December, along with Joanne Joanne and GUTTFULL!

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Hurtling: 10 question interview

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Hurtling are beloved members of the LOUD WOMEN family – led by the ubertalented Jen Macro (ex- My Bloody Valentine and Chris TT), along with Jon Clayton and Simon Kobayashi. We can’t wait to see them play at the Lexington for our Christmas kneesup on 21 December. In the meantime, we asked Jen 10 questions …

 

1. Who would you most like to cover your songs? 

The Breeders

2. Choose: Tina Turner or Chaka Khan?

Tina Turner. (Slightly) better hair, better songs, better gait. She’s still alive right? She should do the Legends Slot at Glastonbury.

3. Choose one of your songs to be on an advert. What kind of product is it? 

‘For the summer’ – Hay fever tablets.

4. Choose: town or country? 

Town – because you get the best of both worlds – townsfolk who visit the country always seem to appreciate the fresh air and nature, but country folk always seem to hate coming in to towns, well, London town.

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.

Don’t really do reading. Can recommend Channel 4’s recent adaptation of Charles Forsnam’s graphic novel ‘The End of the Fucking World‘. The score was by Graham Coxon and the whole thing was brilliant.

Recordwise – love Shannon Wright, not many people seem to have heard of her. She’s done 10 albums I think, ‘Secret Blood’ is awesome – tense, eerie, guitary and darkly beautiful.

6. Bore us with the details of your set-up please.

Fender Telecaster, Fender Jaguar, Fender Twin, pedals – LOTS of them. Recently downsized board with the help of a DC brick power supply which pops underneath, rather than having a 4 way with a cluster fuck of adaptors on the top.

7. What’s the best thing about being in your band? 

Being able to enjoy the shit out of playing music

8. What are your band goals?

To release our debut album (which is nearly finished), play some festivals, play in Europe while we still can!

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now? 

We are supporting Joanne Joanne and GUTTFULL on 21 Dec at the Lexington.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands 

St Vincent – because she designed a guitar that was more ergonomic for smaller framed people but still has the welly of the ‘prohibitively heavy’ Les Paul. Plus the song ‘Cheerleader’ and its video are pretty great. She gives good video.

Marika Hackman – because she is an astonishing songwriter and lyricist, plus she has gone from acoustic(ish) chanteuse to forthright rocker in the space of two albums.

Deerhoof – because they are bonkers and never fail to satisfy, live or on record.

Bug Prentice – because songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Ally Craig is a genius, became aware of them because they record at our drummer Jon’s OneCat Studio – more people should know about them. Fact.

Plus anyone who will let us support them…(shameless)


Follow Hurtling on their websiteFacebook and Instagram then come see them live at the Lexington when they play our Christmas Party on 21 December, along with Joanne Joanne and GUTTFULL!

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