I had a conversation at work today with a woman who is slightly older than me and she brought up something that my old man told me in my younger years that as I move into the middle period of my years I have found to be spot fucking on. My old man told me that as you get older time passes by much faster than when you’re young.
This woman said the same thing to me as I had brought up that January is already half on the books as of today. So not to waste any more of precious moments here I’ll get to the point of that I’ve grown to find my time to be quite precious and try to spend as much of it as I can being thrilled by life. Yet this review here I’m writing is work and its being done after a long and physical day at aforementioned work. Thankfully this here work is smooth sailing because I’m writing about and listening to Vancouver rockers The Hibs, whose self-titled debut had me at “hello.”
That “hello” is the opening track “Get Old” which opens with some lovely melodic, gritty choogs of guitar and bass and it instantly reminded me of the Cars. I fucking love the Cars and I now love the Hibs. They have the same amount of letters in their name. They also have a penchant for not fucking around and getting down to write some straight forward no nonsense rock songs.
On “Get Old” The dueling guitars of Dan Edwards and David Kandal, sated by Laurie Szmek’s dirty bass thumps and Ian Huntley’s brilliantly reserved drum tempos make for a geniusly pleasurable head bobbing opener. Kandal’s laze fair vocals are the icing on the cake which continue to shine along with the rest of his brood on “By and By” which recalls essences of another band that I fucking love, the Replacements.
The Hibs take a turn into droney alt-country on “River of Love” which seemed like a bit of a one off, and even Kandal sounds bored as he sings it. Never fear though my friends because the Hibs come back ina big way on “Harder than Heaven” gets it right with its sleepy slacker rock feel and then finishes strong with the beautiful acoustic twang “LSA,” that sounds like a Jeff Tweedy outtake.
If you could outfit a diving rod with six strings and make it find a bottle of whiskey I think it’d make a fine accoutrement to the Hibs ensemble. I’m not a gambling man but my money is on the Hibs. This little EP I feel is just letting the light in on a talented bunch that if they wanted to could surely shine.
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