We tend to cover a wide variation of garage rock, tracks that fall from slightly rough-around-the-edges to totally and shamelessly crude. The track in mind, released by the Denton, Texas guitar group Hat Hair on their newly released HH EP, is definitely more of the latter–but it’s a large part of why I find it so continuously appealing. The opening drum cadence on “Stoked” is gloriously unpolished, almost crunchy, preserving much of the live integrity of the band’s sound. This track, in addition to the other three songs on the EP, don’t sound like they’ve been mixed or mastered, because they almost certainly weren’t. And that’s the beauty of this kind of music, when the spirit of the song–its melody and mood–seems to effortlessly rise above all the cacophonous calamity. “My mind needs erasin’ to keep my heart from chasin’,” Hat Hair frontman bemoans on what lyrically sounds like a breakup song. Sonically, though, “Stoked” feels victorious and free.
Hats off to aLLgOOd‘s Kevin Cavanagh for the recommendation.
Stream and download the HH EP below.