An ever so slightly forgettable third album from the London band
Londoners Hatcham Social have been carving their own furrow with their blend of ’60s beat music, avant garde and angular post-punk since 2006. Field Music and British Sea Power are the closest comparisons. Unfortunately, the odd flash of delicate charm aside (shy ballad ‘Don’t Go To Sleep’ is a real tearjerker), on this ever so slightly forgettable third album they are not their usual inventive selves. On ‘Spirit Of 45’ they sound like a depressed Best Coast, and ‘More Power To Live’ is just crusty classic rock. Yes, they write pretty and moving songs, but it’s reasonable to expect more from a band with a history of writing such sophisticated pop.