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History Will Never Hold Me

The Hourly Radio

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Album Review

The debut album by Dallas-based indie quartet the Hourly Radio has one of those singles, "Crime Does Pay," that instantly grabs the listener's attention by sounding vaguely like any number of other bands, but better: the disco-fied bassline nods to Franz Ferdinand, the droning guitars are U2 filtered through Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and there's an overall sense of new wave revival that never quite devolves into early-MTV mimicry the way it can in some band's less capable hands. Singer Aaron Closson's clear, high-pitched vocals are the Hourly Radio's secret weapon, as shown in his effortless falsetto hooks throughout the aggrieved "Deaf Ears," but his angsty lyrics are also their weakest aspect. Ignore the overall sense of wounded romanticism that permeates the songs to focus on the impressive sense of arrangement that's evident on bits like the ghostly, keyboard-heavy intro to album opener "Travelsigns" and also the Radiohead/Coldplay feeling of epic scope that's evident throughout and the charms of History Will Never Hold Me are clearer.

Customer Reviews

Solid album.

Every track off this album is great and holds up 8 years later. Shame these guys broke up.

Biography

Formed: Dallas, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Aaron Closson (vocals/guitar), Ryan Short (guitar), Adam Vanderkolk (drums), and Tim Jansen (bass) are the confident alternative rock quartet the Hourly Radio. The Dallas band came together in 2004 with the plan of creating a solid rock sound that refrained from any kind of current chart trend or blogger buzz. With a year of honing their style behind them, the Hourly Radio self-released the Lure of the Underground EP in January 2005. Growing popularity in and around their hometown eventually led...
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