Former Lovvers man goes slacker rock
Third time lucky for Shaun Hencher? Virals finds the former Murder Of Rosa Luxemburg and Lovvers man ditching both the fretwanking and gutlord urch-punk of his former bands and embracing, wholeheartedly, slacker rock. The four tracks on this, his debut EP, are as sunkissed as they are beatific, and as a result it’s easily the most instantly rewarding release he’s ever put his name to.
Opening track ‘Coming Up With The Sun’ is the best, and it’s aptly titled too -– sounding for all the world like the weed-infused utopia where Girls’ last album and Brighton hopefuls Gross Magic meet. Elsewhere, the two-minute-long ‘Shake It Up’ just is ‘Bandwagonesque’-era Teenage Fanclub, but played with twice as much urgency. It’s still early days, of course – four tracks do not an album make – but with word that Shaun’s already penned the full-length follow-up, we’re thinking his future’s looking rather exciting all of a sudden.
Record label: Tough Love
Release date: 21 May, 2012