Single Review: Hakara's 'Sellotape and Superglue'
Alt-rock four-piece Hakara, show off their storming single ‘Sellotape and Superglue’, a potent fuel for any rocker’s fire.
Fast, energetic and crisp, their raw sound prompts a cheeky smile from the opening killer riff.
Well-distorted tones from the driving, down-tuned guitars (unless my ears are very much mistaken). There’s strong evidence of a well-thought out, layered mix with underlying counter melodies and varied dynamics. It points to a group who know what they’re doing not only in the rehearsal room, but the studio too. The ‘alt’ part of the rock comes first with their dissonant bridge, healthily changing the rhythm for the moshers in the audience.
Simple as they are, you can’t help but be a fan of the riffs on offer here, they certainly it get you moving.
It may be cliché to say, but the best part of the track is the chorus. The lyrics have such clarity and strength that I can hear a crowd singing (or chanting) them right back to Hakara at their next gig.
And lest we forget (if you’ll permit the indulgence) my favourite thing about the track; the lyric “it was always swings and roundabouts from the very f*$%ing start”.
I think due to the sheer volume of western music, a lot of British rock groups tend to Americanise their vocals, often without realising, which detracts from their roots (Elton John is the best example). This track fantastically showcases the polar opposite – if you didn’t know Hakara were Geordies before, you will after that line.
You’ll have to judge for yourself whether the unrepeated sections are to your taste, but it certainly adds an unpredictable and almost through-composed feel, as a second chorus leaves us with a down-tuned riff heavier than concrete balls – another one for the headbangers.
The song could perhaps have benefited from a third and final chorus, as that somewhat metal riff feels like it’s leading somewhere that the track never gets to – but maybe I’m biased as the chorus is so moreish.
Either way, Hakara’s tone, clarity and overall technical abilities put them pretty damn high on the list of rockers to look out for in 2018 – this is certainly a band to see live and kicking.
‘Sellotape and Superglue’ will be part of Hakara’s debut studio EP ‘Divine Intuition’ set for a March 2018 release.
For fans of: Marmosets, Biffy Clyro, Alexisonfire