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I dunno who checked out the Wire spread on this Yeovil collective in the Scott Walker issue but I have been scouring the net ever since, all over the Festive period, attempting to glean as much further information on them as possible but there isn’t a great deal apart from some bizarre clips on Farmer Glitch’s YouTube site and their own enigmatic website. The ‘Atari Punk Bucket’ clip has to be seen to be believed. Also, I’m sure they’ll be right arsed if Hewlett Packard get in touch as regards their logo design, these men are like one gigantic behemoth of a finger to “the man”.
This CD is their previous Somerset micro-label-released collection from 2011 that the guys have kindly posted to us so I will insist you buy it with their new one (‘UHF’) on Exotic Pylon - both fucking great if you enjoy organic creep-scapes, blurred sampledelia, Throbbing Gristle-style industrial rhythms and sinister noises made by machines constructed from bits of electronic detritus, recycled junk and reclaimed scrap. This is as pastoral as it gets, like if Chris Carter was born on a remote farm and built home-made synths in between milking cows and watching Kenneth Anger or Czech new wave films on a flickering B&W telly. HF are my soundtrack to the wet, bleak winter that has introduced us to the good year 2013.
I cannot recommend either of these CDs over the other so quite frankly you’ll just have to get both. These people need your support more than many of the artists we sell, they’re the real deal, DIY to the max and the sounds pumping into my shell-likes right now are a confounding, blistering delight, incredibly well segued and produced considering the expense of the equipment. Very inspiring and a great start to the year being treated to such radical, exciting material.
Yes, HF are truly the new TG. In the brilliant words of their “manifesto” : “A celebration of the home-made, the salvaged and the hand-soldered. DIY electronics performed on obsolete tech and discarded, post-consumerist debris. Make-do and mend. Broken music for a Broken Britain”.
9/10 David Customer review, 4th December 2013
Excellent -- kinda early-TG sounding, complete with homemade instruments. An interesting group, profiled in The Wire earlier in the year, along with various fellow travellers, producing a kind of 'industrial' sound from a rural Somerset location. Disapppointing lack of farmyard noises aside, this is a great piece of old-skool electronic/industrial. A kind of soundtrack to abandoned edgelands and decaying agricultural machinery.
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