Northern Rivers via Gold Coast rabble rousers Hammers have been on a rapidly ascending trajectory over the past 12 months, culminating in the release of their debut EP, ‘Homeblokes.’ Upon inspection of the EP’s name and cover artwork, it’s immediately apparent that there’s a pronounced and somewhat wicked sense of humour at play with these lads.
As for their sound, the band expertly channel a diverse range of styles from the heavier end of the musical spectrum, touching upon elements of stoner rock, souped-up blues metal and hardcore, amongst others. ‘Homeblokes’ was mixed and mastered by Forrester Savell, whose list of credits includes bands such as Dead Letter Circus, Cog and Karnivool.
Opening number, ‘Golden Gloves’, seamlessly channels classic metal, nu-metal and hardcore influences, concluding with a memorable, gang-style vocal chant of “we keep falling, we just keep falling”
‘Just Cause’ is a slightly more measured but no less powerful statement of intent, it’s churning dynamics rising in passion and intensity through its five minute duration, with the powerfully anguished vocals (with a touch of Ocker-Oz), of front man Fish, a particular highlight.
While ‘Speak Of The Devil’, the band’s latest single, is a dead-set fist pumper, propelled by some powerfully impressive riff-age and a face contorting finale.
Meanwhile, ‘More Rope’ straddles more of a musically complex vibe, its tempo changes, underpinned with a heavily insistent riff, delivering a darkly powerful highlight.
By the time vein bulging rockers ‘Dead Set’ (which was nominated for video of the year at the recent Gold Coast Music Awards) and ‘Palm Readings With Sin’ come around, it’s clearly evident that Hammers have delivered an impressively meaty slab of head shaking heaviness, that’s sure to go down a treat when the band support the launch of the EP locally with what’s sure to be an epic show at the Miami Shark Bar on 4 August.