After hitting the road hard and nailing down extensive shows to large numbers, Hornet have enthralled audiences across the United Kingdom having played sold-out shows at the likes of Soho’s 275 capacity venue The Borderline and the 250 capacity O2 Academy2 Islington.
Whilst modern day trends often produce a vast array of similar outcomes, Hornet supply an original attack of stripped back dirty blues-rock with hints of metal and a very late 70’s near-glam affair that will leave peers trembling at the knees. Hornet’s live presence is second to none, resulting in crowds chanting along and bringing venues into a sore of sweaty mayhem, you would be a fool not to join in!
Hitting national radio playlists has become a walk in the park with the band’s mainstream appeal and enlightening grace of melodies.
We Say :- Sometimes there’s something refreshing about a band that doesn’t have any pretensions about what they are doing. London’s Hornet are just such a band, mixing simple punk rock riffs with snarling attitude filled vocals they epitomise the anti-prog garage rock’n’roll sound of the 70s scene.
From the stripped down classic punk riff that opens Outta Control Hornet keep things straight down rock’n’roll route one, simple riffs and simple lyrics delivered with, you would imagine, a sneer. The other two tracks which make up this release, Down To The Bone and Second Hand Smoke continue in a similar vein (but then would you expect anything else ?).
The record is more punk and less pop that you may expect given that it was produced by Fightstar / You Me At Six knob twiddler Jason Wilcock who has captured the raw, rough-round-the-edges quality that the band possess brilliantly. The spirit of The Stranglers is strong in these ones, and that’s never a bad thing 🙂
The PR blurb that accompanies this says that “the record will prove that Hornet are here to stay and in thrity years’ time will be most likely one of the all time greats!”. Well I’m not sure if I’d go quite that far but as a debut effort goes, this is pretty damn good.