Hatrabbits – Cognitive Dissidents (Rad Girlfriend Records, 2020)

Hatrabbits are seemingly the brainchild of Fid Fidler, best known at this point for his time with The Measure, SA and Pity Party. The line-up is partially filled out by Mikey Erg (who was also in The Measure, SA) and a whole bunch of guest musicians. The artwork was done by Lauren Denitzio (who was also in The Measure, SA) of Worriers.

There are 32 songs on this double LP, which I assume were all written by Fid. Thematically, the songs seem to touch on the old favourites such as the state of the world and societal injustices, all of which are based in colonialism or post-colonial systematic oppression. Obviously there’s numbers questioning the reason for our presence in the universe and a whole bunch of existential big questions too. Realistically, though, it’s probably all a bit too clever for a mere worm such as myself, busying myself as I am with feeding off the cadaver of my own misery.

The blurb describes the music as being “short bursts of chaotic energy, classic song structures and outstanding musicianship”. None of which I can fault on the face of it. There’s plenty of stuff about this that I like, in terms of melodies and guitar parts and vocal harmonies and the like… However, I feel like this package is somewhat skewing in favour of quantity over quality.

Without wanting to sound offensive to the effort that has doubtless been put in here, I feel like a bunch of this probably ought to have been cut, and a single LP released instead. Sure, there are good songs amongst these 32, but to me it all seems to have become lost in an ocean of my own indifference; a state in which I find myself swamped, listening to this. Sorry, but I’m a bit bored. Tony of Nurgle rating 4/10

Obviously, take a listen for yourself below, though, and you might find something in it beyond a slightly duff mix of Squirtgun and Crimpshrine.

This double LP is sold out, but you can get a digital download from bandcamp

Tony of Nurgle is a true child of the North, recently returned to Yorkshire and residing in Leeds (after close to a decade living in exile in Croydon and South East London). He used to co-run a specialist record store in Manchester (Roadkill Records), and also several years as a promoter, and put on shows for the likes of Leatherface, the Loved Ones, Lucero, Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Spy vs Spy, Latterman etc. He also spent several years DJing at shady rock clubs in Manchester, and started the infamous Thursday night "punk room" at Jilly's Rockworld. Also responsible for Middle Finger Response, and collaborated with a couple of friends on a monthly night called Refuse to Lose, which will still occasionally reunite the original DJ line-up - next event at Retro in Manchester on 07/09/2019. Apart from that, it's all bitterness and a jaundiced view of human nature, occasionally skateboarding, always exhausted, often reading books with maps in the front.

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