Band: HANK CHINASKIGenres: Punk / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Emo / Screamo / Hardcore / Doom / Ambient
Related artists: N/A.
Country: Jersey, Channel Island, UNITED KINGDOM
Years Active: 2013-present
Song: "Clown Shoes (Déjà Blues)"
Album: "Tales of Extraordinary Sadness"
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the September 2014 Mix. This is track #12.
You can download the September Mix#9 right here or get the new October Mix#10 here.
For fans of: Hopesfall, The Solo Project, Hum, Arktika, Amber, Arcana Cain, Deftones, Milanku, Kaddish, Envy, Continents, Watch For Wolves, Okktonushi and Black Love.
In the last year and a half I've probably received about, ohhhh I don't know, maybe 150 submissions or so. I've posted a bunch (maybe 50-75) on the Zegema Beach Records/OMSB-Talent page (linked here) but only 4 or 5 (at most) have ended up on here thus far. HANK CHINASKI is one of those rare few bands (a 3-piece) that really grabs my attention. Sometimes it's because the style of music is something I crave (yep, you guessed it, European screamo) but this was because it was very different and combined a lot of interesting elements. And it's a fucking demo. Tom, thanks a million for sending this in.
"Horsebite (Tales of Extraordinary Sadness)" is a very two-faced song that switches between dreamy post-rock/alternative with shrill screaming and post-hardcore with clean singing. The singing has real potential and once the vocalist can really put oomph into the upper register parts might garner some serious attention. The melodic stuff here is still decent, but sounds a little flat at times. The screamy chorus is really good and very catchy, along with a really sweet guitar riff. The song is pretty long (almost five minutes) but the next song almost hits the 7-minute mark.
"Punching Inanimate Objects" is a very slow and dreamy affair. You can really pick up on the accent here, and I love it. There are parts that have vocals and instrumentals that should hook some Jesu fans. As strong as this track is for me, this song is still ranks last for me on the EP, but that's sayin' something.
This song is "Clown Shoes (Déjà Blues)", the best song on the EP that follows a different approach with slow, plodding post-rock and post-hardcore that reflects bands such as Hopesfall, Amber, Arktika and good 'ole The Solo Project. The vocals on this song have zero clean parts and are therefore all screamed with a tinge of batness. Yep, batness. Y'know how some vocalists have that high, shrill scream that sounds like a vampire, bat or banshee? Of course you do. Crestfallen, Converge, Mare, Between The Buried And Me and (early and still shitty) Avenged Sevenfold kinda deal. The way the vocals and lyrics jump and interplay instead of a swim a monotonous stream brings Kaddish to mind, as both can shift their timing around to make screaming pretty goddamn catchy and memorable.
I actually forgot that I reviewed this after hearing it once or twice. Read my initial reaction here.
2014 - Tales of Extraordinary Sadness EP (stream/free download here)
(2014) HANK CHINASKI - "Horsebite (Tales of Extraordinary Sadness)" (from 'Tales of Extraordinary Sadness')
(2014) HANK CHINASKI - "Clown Shoes (Déjà Blues)" (from 'Tales of Extraordinary Sadness')
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