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Re: “Hammer No More the Fingers

I've been to a lot shows, all the way back to the '90s, and I can't remember a show as consistently cooking as the Duke Coffeehouse CD release for Hammer No More The Fingers. When was the last time you saw a show open at 9-ish to a hungry, boisterous, nearly capacity crowd for the opening band? The rangy Future Kings of Nowhere cranked from the get-go, Red Collar came on like they were overthrowing an Embassy, I Was Totally Destroying It was lush and beautiful, and Hammer No More was just plain utterly freaking amazing. The crowd was floating (literally) and on fire, the sound was perfect, set up time was minimal, and the total ambiance was nearly ceremonial. To be a music fan in this part of the U.S., right now, is pretty damned rewarding. It's appreciated that Hammer No More The Fingers is standing on the shoulders of Superchunk and the Archers but truth be told, HNMTF just can't be contained within the restraints the past-glorious "Triangle" sound. They're not a group of twangers banging around some tunes, these guys are well-oiled machine parts playing actual full-fledged music. The three new songs they did before playing the 7 from their CD were close to immaculate or maybe I was just swept up in the fervor of crowd. Either way, I need to hear them again and soon. If you bear in mind that they crank this with a single guitar, bass, drums, very little effects, and only intermittent distortion, and you'll come away pretty well impressed. It's a mighty big, intelligent sound. (I have to say, the first line of your review is extremely unfortunate as that's what Google returns when you do a search. It wasn't your best editing. This is arguably the hardest working band in NC and they really deserved better attention to detail from their hometown bible.)

Posted by spoojer on 11/14/2007 at 12:30 PM

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