HUTCHIE: Some Other Way: LP

Jan 27, 2023

It’s almost not fair for me to review this record. Yes, they’re friends of mine but that’s never stopped me from writing an honest review. What worries me is that I don’t have enough distance from it. I’ve known Michelle Pannell for over a decade and Kyle Latham for about the same, and have reviewed other bands from both of them in Razorcake. Hutchie is an entirely different beast. I’m worried I won’t be able to get across how absolutely stunning of a band they are. They’d easily fit on a bill with The Gateway District, Bash And Pop, Lemuria, and American Steel. The music is a mix of indie, power pop, and a bit of Americana. My favorite track is “Unanticipated Grays,” especially for the lines, “Every night she called you / every name in the goddamn book / to try and destroy all of you / well some of it took.” These aren’t just songs, they’re stories. The kind that dig into your unconscious so deeply that you may mistake them for sense memories. I caught their first show which was on a super weird bill with The Slow Death and Toecutter. They were certainly the catchiest of the night, with melodies you’ll be humming for days –Kayla Greet (Mood Killer)

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