BACK IN THE REDRUTH!
Cornish psych warriors HANTERHIR return next month with not one, but TWO new compilations.
The releases follow on from the Redruth six-piece’s widely acclaimed triple album The Saving Of Cadan, which could be found nestling in various Albums Of The Year lists last year.
Bucking the trend for a Friday release, both albums will surface on Tuesday 5th March, St Piran’s Day, celebrating Cornwall’s patron saint.
The fifteen-track Our Hour comprises a ‘best of’ from the band’s ten-year back catalogue of now extremely hard-to-find albums and EPs, including the super-rare singles ‘Radio Song’ and ‘F#’.
Songs We Learned In Cornish features eleven tracks sung in Cornish or with another link to the county: ‘Carn Marth Song’ one of the band’s oldest songs, refers to the ancient and mysterious hill outside Redruth, while ‘St Day Song’ is about the feast dance held annually in that village.
“I’ve always thought that bands should sound like where they’re from,” explains frontman and songwriter Ben Harris. “Singing in Cornish is a connection for me to where I’m from and a much more genuine feel… even though I can’t really speak Cornish. One of the main things I wanted Hanterhir to portray was the fact that Cornwall has this whole non-English identity, and although I love the idea of the UK and Europe etc, there is a definite difference between Cornwall and the rest of England. Singing In Cornish just reinforces this.”
Hanterhir play a special release-day launch party at Hillbilly’s, Falmouth on 5th March. They’re currently planning more dates and festival appearances for later in the year.