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Hammer No More The Fingers

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on 09 February 2011 in Introducing

Not many bands can claim to have known each other since they were ten and as you can imagine those that do quite clearly have a very special band dynamic. This is more than true for Durham, NC band Hammer No More The Fingers, who even after separating for a few years to attend different colleges around the US still managed to make it back to Durham where they reunited and formed the band. After the release of their self-titled EP in 2007, the indie rock trio toured tirelessly around the Eastern United States, logging a large number of shows including New York City's music industry showcase CMJ, where Spin Magazine voted them one of the top 25 bands to see at the event. And this was all before they even brought out a full-length album. So when 'Looking For Bruce' the band's debut album was finally released, it was highly praised by many critics both in the US and Europe.

'Looking For Bruce' is a lo-fi, indie rock gem with a strong set of songs produced by acclaimed producer J. Robbins. Undoubtedly influenced by 90s indie music, 'Looking For Bruce' highlights Hammer No More The Fingers' dedication to perpetuate the genre, so much so that it could easily be mistaken as a product of that time period. The album's lead single 'Shutterbug' is a powerhouse of a single with nostalgic sounding instrumentation and an obvious abundance of energy. This continues effectively throughout the album, especially on 'Radiation' which features fantastic spunky guitars and raspy vocals. But the band also have the ability to be slightly more serious which is seen on 'Poison Apple', a reflective number with some moving lyrics about seeing yourself differently from the way others see you. All in all, the album proved to be a successful debut thanks to some cleverly written songs and a great vintage 90s sound, a little reminiscent of a less electro-centric Minus The Bear.

Following the release of 'Looking For Bruce', Hammer No More The Fingers managed to clock up over two hundred shows in a period of two years in support of the album. But it was during this time that the band began work on their second full-length release, 'Black Shark'. Once again working with J. Robbins, the album is set to receive what looks like even greater success than the band's previous release. With hints of 'Black Shark' being a more mature yet charming record, it's understandable that fans are eager to see how the band have grown.

North Carolina is home to a number of brilliant artists from Superchunk to Ben Folds Five and Hammer No More The Fingers are quickly becoming one of such bands. With 'Black Shark' on the way, the band will be setting off on a UK tour throughout April to promote the album and of course, catching them on one of the dates is highly recommended. In the meantime, check out the video to the song 'Fall Down, Play Dead' below plus a live video of 'Nitro'.

'Fall Down, Play Dead'

'Nitro'

Not many bands can claim to have known each other since they were ten and as you can imagine those that do quite clearly have a very special band dynamic. This is more than true for Durham, NC band Hammer No More The Fingers, who even after separating for a few years to attend different colleges around the US...

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