HEALTH. You remember those guys, right? Three kinetically charged LA natives in psychedelic oversize hoodies soundtracking the end of the world while the guy from Magic Numbers holds it down on the skins. Pretty sexy stuff by all accounts. On BFF terms with Crystal Castles and kin of the then burgeoning ‘Smell Scene’ (along with No Age, Abe Vigoda, Mika Miko yadda yadda etc etc) their self titled debut was standard name dropping fare for hipsters and early adopters in the 07/08 season. Sure, the album itself might have been kinda hard work in places but, as anyone lucky enough to catch them in the UK last year will attest, there are few bands capable of competing with their androgynous beat-savvy racket in the live arena.
Anyway. The good news is, dear reader, that HEALTH are back. Back on wax/mp3 via new track Die Slow (currently doing the blog rounds as we speak and purchasable here) and back in our beloved Cottonpolis, courtesy of their appearance at Now Wave (@ The Deaf Institute on Wednesday). Expect the same winning combination of industrial strength beats, robotic vocals and guitars-not-guitars as before, but with newer material incorporating a more rhythmically coherent vibe, somewhere between their sound of old and that heard on their //DISCO remix album.
John from the band told us, "after seeing the psychologies of so many different crowds we are focusing a lot of attention on writing songs and structuring sets to move crowd reaction in a certain way...Our songs are always written with the live setting in mind, but we are now writing songs designed to make the crowd possibly react in a specific way".
"P.S. We are NOT gonna become a dance band". Phew, had me going there for a minute John.
See you on Wednesday then I guess. One.
HEALTH - 'Die slow'.mp3 (YSI)
Words: Billy iDle