H.D.Q.: “Hand Me Downs” b/w “Toronto”: 7”

It’s been over twenty years since H.D.Q. released a record but the band is back with Dickie Hammond (Leatherface) once again showing why his guitar sound is revered (and frequently copied, yet not mastered) by so many. “Hand Me Downs” is taken from the new album Lost in Translation and delivers the goods in an archetypal H.D.Q. way—strong, guitar-driven melodic punk rock with a personal lyrical content conveyed by David Golledge, whose voice is as warm and effective as ever. The B-side, and non-LP track, “Toronto” continues in the same vein and is to be found on the CD version of the album. It’s great to have these guys back.

 –Rich Cocksedge (Boss Tuneage, bosstuneage.com)