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When I first came across the Yugoslavian via Sweden one man band And We Should Die Of That Roar I immediately thought of …And So I Watch You From Afar and …And You Will Know Us From The Trail of Dead. I couldn’t help it. In actuality the name comes from the George Eliot novel Middlemarch. Of course, preconceptions are a dangerous thing when it comes to listening to a band for the first time. I was now expecting breakneck guitar riffs, pummeling drums, and lavish breakdowns. What my ears received was nothing like my expectations. And the experience was all the better for it.
And We Should Die Of That Roar is the brainchild of 36 year old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter obliquely named Hardy Hum (I am skeptical this is his actual name). “Nobody Cares”, his Tom Waits via gypsy folk stomp, is the first release from his debut album and is premiering here on Overblown. Hum claims the project combines, “post 50s blues with proto-punk influences and Balkanesque oompah hooks and zingy melodies”. For “Nobody Cares” the Balkanesque aspect is the most overt, but the advent of the albums release in January will shed more light on the overall sound of this most unusual of propositions.
This is not quite like anything we’ve had on Play It Again, Sam before.