Following on from the success of 2018’s epic triple album The Saving Of Cadan, Cornwall’s space/prog/psych/folk-rock cross-pollinators HANTERHIR are back with a new studio album.
After more than a decade, …Cadan finally found the band breaking out of their Redruth bolthole, playing a major headline show at London’s Kernow In The City festival in March 2020, just before lockdown. As with many others, this enforced break from gigging encouraged the band to get creative and the new album was soon progressing…
Its Cornish title Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest roughly translates as ‘There is no-one left to trust’ – “Writing and recording the album was done over the backdrop of Brexit, a falling apart relationship and then Covid lockdowns,” explains singer, guitarist and songwriter Ben Harris. “With all the wacky things that have come out of people’s mouths over the past few years I think the title pretty much sums everything up.”
A massive labour of love for Ben, …Cadan was a sprawling concept based on Cornish legend, which required him to write within a theme. The creation of this album has therefore been a breath of fresh air, a more organic experience allowing him to write from a more personal and immediate perspective.
Displaying elements of Hawkwind’s sturm und drang spacerock and Psychedelic Furs’ sax-driven post-punk squall, opener ‘Always On’ finds the septet celebrating themselves: “We play so many gigs with so many other bands and one thing that strikes me about us is that we’re always ready, we don’t spend hours soundchecking, just point us in the direction of a stage and we’ll play there.”
“‘Honey Bees’ is us singing to the people that it’s possibly time to stop voting for the same political parties and following the same failed systems,” he continues. “As far as I can see nothing’s got better over the past year, or ten years or whatever, things just get slowly worse and people accept it.”
The song ‘Yeah’, which fuses Steeleye Span folk-rock melody and Sonic Youth chaos with spiralling psych guitar, has backing vocals which translate as “I am the same as you”, which Ben thinks is very important: “We’re all the same and no-one is more important that anyone else.”
‘Don’t Go’ is the second single to be taken from There Is No-one To Trust (Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest) which is out on 27 May through Easy Action. Pre-order here