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Review: Hobart W Fink, “Four Eyes, Five Tails”

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Review: Hobart W Fink, “Four Eyes, Five Tails”

“The music is garage rock at its core; but with a keen sense of dynamics and melody Hobart W Fink have created a sound that slots in nicely with today’s alternative rock scene.”

Artist: Hobart W Fink

Album: Four Eyes, Five Tails

Genre: Garage Rock

RIYL: Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, X

Hobart W Fink

Hobart W Fink (a band, not a person in the band) have cranked out an EP of five tracks that sound very much at home in 1993 or 2013 with the release of this summer’s Four Eyes, Five Tails.
 
The music is garage rock at its core; but with a keen sense of dynamics and melody Hobart W Fink have created a sound that slots in nicely with today’s alternative rock scene. What sets the band apart from their contemporaries, however, is their use of two lead singers in Gallagher Bollinger and Marie Bollinger. This dual lead vocal approach, with male/female strength is intriguing and generally works quite well. One act that springs to mind is the legendary punk band X, who mastered that style of male/female duality and surpassed the confines of their genre in doing so.
 
As for the rest of the lineup in the band there are: Brendan Kelley on bass, Luke Harvis on lead guitar, Byron Pagdilao on drums. All the players are doing what the music requires and create a somewhat dirty, grungy sound with the guitars taking the main focus. 
 
“Hundred Dollar Bill” is the lead single, and proves to be a good choice for representing the band as it is clearly my favorite of the five tracks here. The song has more than enough grit musically, but the vocals are what carry the song to a higher level. This song rocks with four-chord spirit, and stands on its own with solid structure and vocal delivery. When the female vocals come in for the chorus it really has a sound like X. Open fills for bass and drums slide in and out of the chorus, and then dirty guitars sounding like Neil Young or Nirvana wash in to punch up the vocals. At times the playing comes off as sloppy, but this seems intentional and fits the song.
 
“Tiny Doors” is a very good song as well with a strong lyric and melodic verses that give away to a darker, grimy chorus that sounds in a Pearl Jam mode. This is another song along with “Hundred Dollar Bill” that could’ve been around in the 90’s but also manages to sound contemporary. Marie Bollinger’s vocals carry this song.
 
“Nebraska” has a swinging swagger and rocking attitude that is unlike the other cuts with some heavy single-note riffing that cuts to the bone. Fans of modern acts like Band Of Skulls might dig this one.
 
Not quite as memorable is “Radioactive Face,” which becomes very repetitive and overstays its welcome. “Carve” starts off slow, with bluesy sounds and then gets rather lively and ugly-sounding with some real attitude.
 
For anyone who enjoys acts like Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age, Band Of Skulls, etc. Hobart W Fink is a fine act to listen to, and they keep things simple and dirty like any fine band should do.


Hobart W Fink website: http://hobartwfink.com/

 

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