This is a tad embarrassing. I mean, you all know what a hip and happening guy I am, right? Come on, come on, speak up at the back. Hmmm. Well, anyway, having included “hysterical injury” in my mighty hilarious post about some of the unusual search engine terms people have used to find my blog, I’ve just found out that there’s a band called The Hysterical Injury. They’re based in Bath (so they’re local to me), they’re pretty bloody good, and my one-time Melody Maker colleague (and former flatmate) Ngaire Ruth wrote about them on her blog six months ago. So much for me being plugged into the contemporary music mainframe, then.
The Hysterical Injury are siblings Annie and Tom Gardiner. Annie sings and plays the bass. At least I think there’s a bass somewhere deep within that grumbling whorl of distortion. Tom plays the drums and particularly enjoys smashing the hell out of his cowbell. It’s often unruly stuff, but they also have some very delicate and fragrant melodies twisting through their songs. They vaguely remind me of Throwing Muses. Having performed over 200 live shows during the last two or three years and won support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson, The Hysterical Injury have recently released their debut album, “Dead Wolf Situation”, which has been partly funded by Strummerville, the Joe Strummer Foundation. Click here to listen to “Dead Wolf Situation” at Bandcamp and use the player below to hear “Maths”, which I’d say is one of the best tracks.
Don’t ask me if these guys are the future of rock ‘n’ roll, though. To be honest, you’d be better off asking a tree.
The Hysterical Injury photo by Jamie Worsfold