|HenniSi - 'Paranoid & Blackcurrant' (Deadearnest Records)|
|Written by Ben Hughes|
|Sunday, 23 January 2011 05:00|
Here's an interesting band HenniSi, a five-piece band based in Dundee. Citing influences as diverse as Hawkwind, The Clash, The Stooges, The Residents and The Jesus & Mary Chain what can they offer the Über world of rock 'n' roll?
The opening riff of 'I Believe' starts things off nicey and is not what I was expecting at all, sounding like the long lost but not forgotten Gunfire Dance. A nice choppy riff, basic rock beat and Stonesy in feel, a good song to start. 'Hall Of Two Sisters' starts with a trumpet sample before another Stonesy riff leads the song off, the vocals of Don Freeze veer into Jello Biafra territory with that unmistakeable vocal style..it's getting interesting. 'Lifeline' again is good with nice female backing vocals that compliment the lead vocals. 'Gravity' is the best song on the album for me, sounding like The Dead Kennedys jamming with The B52's. Nice spacey, effect-ridden guitar solo, and love the backing vocals on this from Nicola who I hope is part of the live act, for on this showing she is vital to the sound.
Any of these songs could easily have been lifted from one of those 'Best Punk Album in the World' type compilation albums, call it punk, new wave or indie, they have that sort of style and production.
Now the album loses momentum with the acoustic 'End Game' and the just plain weird 'Q', a mish mash of keyboards and weird noises which doesn't fit with the style of the rest of the album. Strangely, tagged at the end of the album is a remix of 'Q' which is ten times better than this version - the remix without vocals, apart from some very suspect female moaning, works much better.
'Wreck Of The Machine' starts with a car crash and sirens returning to the style of the first four songs and has some Iggy style vocals going on. 'The Sound' is again another strong song, great vocals and a good vibe.
'Paranoid & Blackcurrant' is a surprisingly odd album, sounding like it was recorded in the late 70's (apart from 'Q'!), it is at times erratic, bizarre and definitely oddball. Mixing together influences of a lot of great bands HenniSi have created an interesting, quite original sound that if you are pushing 40, may just take you back to a simpler time when you had a lot less worries and a lot more fun, and may just trigger a few memories that make you dig out them trusty old records from your collection.