A basic knowledge of recent musical history is essentially useless in everyday life. But there are certain, precise situations in which it can come in handy, like in entirely made up games. On long car journeys, when 3G service is nowhere tobe found and you’re forced to actively interactive with those that surround you, there’s a game that can be played in which you have to take turns to name bands of that have names that fit into certain categories. Easiest is those that begin with ‘The…’, which, with the right people and some lax timekeeping, can last until time loses all meaning. Though it’s mainly an opportunity to get a one-up on your opponent by naming more obscure outfits than your opponent, it also brings up some cultural points – namely that the death of indie music has had a knock on effect in killing ‘The…’ bands.
Fortunately, trends seem to move in cycles, so as one era fades into the background, another comes to the fore, and playing the ‘Places’ category in this entirely pointless game would lead to a lot more contemporary reference points – Jamaica, Flo Rida and Mi Ami to name a few recent ones. Another to add to a mental list to confound bored friends with is Heavy Hawaii. Being a trump card in a rubbish game is far from their most impressive feature, as a quick listen to any of the tracks from their early demos prove. Haunting feels like an apt description – the trio feel like they’ve crawled inside the husk of faded Phil Spector classics and set up camp. There’s a sort of fun-fair vibe to some of their work, like it’s being played around a Wurlizter, whilst lingering vocals lure you into a warming blanket of security.
That the band have a shared history with Wavves isn’t surprising – both have a blissful, relaxing quality to their works, possibly harboured during the time that Nathan Williams spent with Matt and Sundar in a group called Fantastic Magic. Whilst Wavves have a slightly more conventional sound, there’s something creepy beneath the surface of what Heavy Hawaii do, nostalgic in it’s feel and dreamlike in execution. Tags will soon be applied, but before we start the desperate attempts to coin a new genre, let’s just enjoy the first waves of this sound washing over us, shall we?
Heavy Hawaii – Beacons
Heavy Hawaii – Suicide Summer