I’m not sure how much fanfare there will be in regards to Hutch Harris‘ solo LP, his first post-Thermals release, but I’m going to give him some love. The songs on Only Water are as catchy as anything Hutch kicked out with his old outfit, but the whole album is charmingly underdone, production-wise. It gives the whole thing this DIY aesthetic that reminds me a lot of Ted Leo’s Tyranny of Distance. Maybe it’s because I came of age with the Thermals, and I’m nostalgically listening in on one of its key songwriters, but I think if you listen through its entirety, you’ll find that Hutch still has that incredible gift we all appreciate. I know I sure as fuck do.
As a long time fan of the Thermals, I’ll always be dedicated to anything that’s associated with the band. Luckily for me, and for you as well, Hutch never really writes a bad song. His new solo project, Forbidden Friends just released a the new Totally Low 7″ on Kill Rock Stars, and it’s been playing on my turntable all night long. It might not have the sharp edge of the Thermals, but you can hear the backbone in there. His voice is always has a special place in my heart, which is perhaps the reason why I’m so attracted to the simplicity he’s revealed with this new project. Go get your hands on the single today![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Forbidden_Friends_-_Totally_Low.mp3]
Download: Forbidden Friends – Totally_Low [MP3]