Hey Enemy - The Wrong Songs To Right Wrongs
Hey Enemy - The Wrong Songs To Right Wrongs

Album Review

Album title
The Wrong Songs To Right Wrongs
Artist
Hey Enemy
Label
Predestination
Release date
5 Mar

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Playing Glasgow Bar Bloc on 8 Mar and Edinburgh Banshee Labyrinth on 9 Mar www.heyenemy.com

Hey Enemy – The Wrong Songs To Right Wrongs

3/5 stars
Album review by Ross Watson.
Published 23 February 2012

At first glance Hey Enemy don't seem so unique; there are countless riff-orientated rockers out there, and then Pink Steam comes in with the kind of typically flashy drumming and ever-familiar guitar tones we've all come to expect from a group like this.

 

Echoing the raw robot-rock of QotSA at their most infectious (I Am The Blues), they later evoke the much missed sleazy menace of Girls Against Boys (particularly on Chump Rebate) and more abrasive tendancies of fellow Scots Take a Worm for a Walk Week (check the deliciously nutty vocal performance on Happy Sanchez) across their debut's 35 minutes.

 

This transition from one idea to the next occurs at lightning speed, but never does the trio lose focus. Sure, Hey Enemy could be accused of borrowing a few key ideas from their presumed influences, but the appeal of The Wrong Songs to Right Wrongs lies more in the execution than its originality.

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  • This review is utter pish. 'what we've all come to expect from a group like this'..a lazy and insulting generalization. A band like Hey Enemy deserve more respect. The reviewer could have of least passed the album on to someone who cares about 'music such as this'. Shameful!!

    Posted by Me | Monday 19 March 2012 @ 00:54

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  • Take it you're in the band then aye?

    Posted by Ian@hotmail.co.uk | Monday 19 March 2012 @ 10:52

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  • yeah, stop it with all these opinions! Can't you just write press releases saying everything is brilliant?

    Posted by Barney Rubble | Monday 19 March 2012 @ 11:48

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  • Haha Ian, nah I'm the singers mum! Didn't say they should say everything is brilliant, the reviewer doesn't offer any opinion really just a couple of vague comparisons. There is an comment box beneath the review and I think my comment is a fair one. Is the Skinny above criticism?

    Posted by Me | Tuesday 20 March 2012 @ 22:23

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  • 'not the singers maw.

    Posted by Me | Tuesday 20 March 2012 @ 22:38

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  • Fuck is the fuss, 'Me'? Are we reading the same review? No doubt there's a tricky art to writing short-form reviews but there's criticism, comparison and praise aplenty here. What kind of a coronation were you expecting?

    Posted by PJ | Wednesday 21 March 2012 @ 14:57

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  • Write for the skinny aye? What you getting upset about 'PJ'? There's no fuss, just having an opinion. Deal wi it. Don't like it do yeez..'ever familiar guitar tones' suppose the guitar should sound like an accordion. 'Typically flashy drumming' whit? S'pose it'd be better if the drummin was shite? There is an obvious contempt towards the genre here. I hope this review doesn't prevent readers from checking out an awesome local band. If I didn't know better I'd not bother after reading this.

    Posted by Me | Wednesday 21 March 2012 @ 22:08

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  • I think you're missing the fact that the reviewer is making note of the countless bands out there who play at high tempos, hitting out riffs like naebdy's business, so it doesn't initially look hopeful that they'll be anything special... on top of that they *sound* like various other bands of that particular style... But then there's praise of the sheer amount of great ideas on here that also work really well, which makes them a cut above the rest. By no means a panning!

    Posted by G | Thursday 22 March 2012 @ 00:53

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  • Nah 'Me', just a guy in a band who understands how depressingly difficult it is to get a review in the first place.

    "Sure, Hey Enemy could be accused of borrowing a few key ideas from their presumed influences, but the appeal of The Wrong Songs to Right Wrongs lies more in the execution than its originality."

    Posted by PJ | Thursday 22 March 2012 @ 10:38

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  • I'm in the band. Couldn't give a fuck.

    Posted by Chet | Tuesday 10 April 2012 @ 16:01

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  • Neither do I.

    Posted by The General Public | Tuesday 10 April 2012 @ 19:44

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