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Hatcham Social: Under the Influence

October 6, 2009  |  6:00pm
Hatcham Social: Under the Influence
Hometown: London 
Album: You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil 
Band Members: Dave Fineberg (bass), Finn Kidd (percussion), Toby Kidd (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Jerome Watson (keyboard, guitar) 
For Fans Of: Echo and the Bunnymen, Orange Juice, The Smiths 

The members of Hatcham Social used to live in London neighborhood New Cross. New Cross used to be called Hatcham, and it featured a watering hole called The Hatcham Social Club. The band took the name without asking, and now the club is for sale. Hatcham Social bassist Dave Fineberg, 28, says he’d like to buy it if his career ever takes off, but for now he’s living in Northwest London with his parents. “None of us really have any money,” he explains.

Perhaps that’ll change once his band’s debut, You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil, starts circulating stateside. It’s an old-fashioned post-punk record that echoes the classic British bands of yore. “We like the trebly sound on the guitar,” Fineberg says. “And I play the bass, but I like to have a more trebly sound on the bass, because I think you get more clarity in the notes.” The angular “Hypnotise Terrible Eyes” sounds like an early Smiths outtake, the jangly “So So Happy Making” could be mistaken for Orange Juice, and the album’s woozy lead track is called “Crocodile,” sharing its name with an Echo & the Bunnymen album.


The musical references weren’t necessarily deliberate, Fineberg says, “but I also think that you should never be afraid of what you listen to. And we’re not going  to deny that we’re massive Echo & the Bunnymen fans, massive Orange Juice fans.”


If this particular sound doesn’t work out, the band can always heed a classic post-punk slogan—one that’s referenced, of course, in their lyrics: Rip it up and start again.

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