HOUDINI are a three-piece alternative / rock band from…. you know what? I don’t know! I can’t see anything on the My Space page or website that says where they’re from. I’m guessing from the South East of England (Maidstone, maybe?) gauging from the gigs they play.
I do know though, that two of the three members also play in a band called Hexicon, who released a great single called ‘Something Strange Beneath The Stars,’ at the start of the year. So there’s a bit of pedigree here that should make ‘Smokers Cough’ a decent listen.
And it doesn’t disappoint. Driven along by a thumping bass-line that sounds like a slowed down interpretation of that on ‘Out Of Control’ from Rancid’s ‘Indestructible’ album (honest ….go check it!) it has a sort of threatening edge to it, whilst retaining that ‘danceable’ bounce. The vocals are slightly distorted in parts, but the backing and chorus are strong and concise and the mix of the two styles works well, injecting a little variation and keeping things fresh.
‘B-side,’ ‘Treading Water,’ is not quite so ‘in your face.’ It’s a bit more laid back in the delivery and I think the intention was probably to make this a bit more melodic, generally. However, the result is that it loses the urgency and vibrancy of the lead track and while still quite definitely ‘OK,’ it offers nothing different to a plethora of other bands out there.
Still, from what’s on offer here, I think HOUDINI are worth checking out and with this single being made available as a FREE DOWNLOAD by the band, then why not head over to their My Space page at www.myspace.com/houdinisaur and check it out?
(Released through Haircut Records and out now – August 2010)