Hidden Hospitals might be one of the smartest bands in alternative rock at the moment. Don’t believe me? Front man David Raymond said this to Krisp Magazine about the band’s new EP, titled EP 002: “After absorbing the experience of our first EP (001) we discovered all of these new sounds that I feel are unique to us as a group. In other words, they wouldn’t have surfaced had we not been exposed to each other.EP 002 is parallel to this exploration, discovery, and mindful application.”
Now do you believe me?
EP 002, which comes out on October 30, is really, really good. While it’s not altogether fair to label the band as some type of progressive/alternative band, that’s about the closest thing you will find to describe HH. Some elements of pop, electronica and a little bit of a harder sound are found all throughout EP 002, but nothing takes over to the point that you’d classify them as a certain type of band. You could name anyone from Thursday, Mutemath, Minus The Bear, etc. to give yourself a little bit of an idea of the type of sound HH has.
EP 002 brings a lot to the table musically. At times you have your shoe gazer type of sound, then the very next verse or song will be all guitar driven rock. The next minute you will want to sway your hands back and forth. The first three songs, “Featherweight”, “The Absence Of Emotion”, and “Picture Perfect” are the more hard type of songs, while the last two tracks, “Monsters” and “Lullaby”, are lower, more melodic and experimental in sound. I really like “Monsters”, a softer sound that just grows on you.
Hidden Hospitals is a great band that you’ve never heard of. It’s great and downright amazing when a band seemingly has it all together so soon (HH have only been playing as a band for a little more than a year), and by that I mean you can tell by listening that these guys know the sound they want, and they know what they have to do to accomplish that. One of rock’s best kept secrets right now. Enjoy.