9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 13 April 2011
Didn't realise X-mist was still going so that's some good news right there. Nice! Hiking are a new outfit featuring members of Bad Dudes, Silver Daggers and Bipolar Bear and they make a righteous party racket that sounds instantly appealing the moment the needle hits the wax. The press release suggests that they sound like Les Savy Fav reinterpreted by the mighty Karp and I'd be inclined to agree. In fact, it's unlikely that I could come up with a better description. 'Trenches' is upbeat indie rock played with more gusto than most and features some fantastically rousing guitar riffs. Sounds like it was recorded in rock 'n' roll heaven. B-side 'Bikini Atol' reinforces the Les Savy Fav reference with a cool afro-style intro before again kicking in with some fine riffage. Wasn't sure if this was gonna be any good but I'm pleasantly surprised. Think Superchunk meets Skin Graft and you'd be bang on the money. Limited to 500 copies and includes a download code.
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