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Killer Sounds

Hard-Fi

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Album Review

Following two number one albums and a Mercury Prize nomination, Hard-Fi released their third album, Killer Sounds. Recorded in the band’s Cherry Lips studio, they worked alongside Stuart Price and Greg Kurstin to evolve their indie rock sound with heavy soul influences throughout. The first single from the record, “Good for Nothing,” showcases lead singer Richard Archer's instantly recognizable vocals, and the ramshackle drums rekindle their Northern soul influences.

Customer Reviews

A treat for the fans.

Nothing will compare to their breakout debut of Stars of CCTV, but the boys from Staines come back with a brilliant album that has shown their growth from their early years. Richard, Kai, Steve, and Ross don't disappoint the fans with a wide mix of tunes with eastern flares and western influences, along with stadium anthems. Download Fire in the House, Feels Good, Sweat (Greg Kurstin Mix) and Killer Sounds.

Perfect

This is one of my favorite albums of all time. Even though it was really released in UK a year and 8 months ago... I'm happy to buy it in it's entirety here again. Worth while with the bonus tracks and remixes. There's not one song I don't like on it. They're all catchy and unique from one to the next. It's ridiculous this took so long to release here, but now that it's out buy it now!!

Their most American-radio-friendly record to date

The lack of success of Hard Fi in the US has been a bit of a head scratcher for me. Their most popular hit "Hard To Beat" is at best unknown this side of the pond. This album, and Stars of CCTV made it to our shores almost a year after they were originally released, and that's better than Once Upon a Time in the West, which at the time of this writing, if you check on the US iTunes store, there's no sign of its existence.

I believe this album they carried on the idea of the remixes that made their original hits popular in clubs. Meaning, this record is more techno than alternative, bordering in boy band territory. Don't worry, the catchy pop tunes never get to the point of bubblegum. What they do, is bring a rock quality to pop-alternative music that is missing today from much more popular acts like Imagine Dragons and Bastille.

If you never heard this band, give this record a try (their previous music sounds little like this record, and it's not as accessible to American audiences). If you have to download one sample tune, I'd recommend Fire In The House.

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Staines, Middlesex, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Staines, England's Hard-Fi feature Richard Archer (vocals), Ross Philips (guitar), Kai Stephens (bass), and Steve Kemp (drums). The punk-inspired indie rock quintet formed in 2002; they feature a brash mix of Dexy's Midnight Runners melodies, Franz Ferdinand hooks, and the theatrics of the Dead 60s. Hard-Fi self-released Stars of CCTV in October 2004, and all 500 copies quickly sold out. The U.K. indie imprint Necessary reissued the nine-song nugget the following June. Once again, HARD-Fi got the...
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