HELLIONS REINVENT THEMSELVES ON NEW LP 'RUE'
bitterly regret (something one has done or allowed to happen) and wish it undone.
Immediately, from the moment we push play we get bombarded by carnival sounds before segueing into the first proper cut of 'Odyssey' - the ever-theatrical Hellions further cement themselves as one of the most unique in the scene.
Bouncy guitar leads accentuated by Dre Faivre’s signature frenzied punk scream and occasional rapping before seamlessly diving into monstrous choruses.
"Mister why so blue, can't you see the children smile at you?"
Whether intentional or not, Rue is most definitely a singalong album - the unashamedly blatant hook of 'Smile' might be one of the poppiest choruses the band has put out, yet the more downtrodden 'Furrow' still achieves the same effect.
No stranger to pushing their sound forward, Rue feels like the first big stride the band has taken. In the same way that Opera Oblivia expanded on the sound of Indian Summer and Die Young before it, Rue feels like the first part of the next era of the Hellions discography, so to speak.
Faivre's humanitarian lyrics make cuts like 'The Lotus' and the aptly titled 'Get Up!' the kind of music that makes you want to knock a person to the ground in the mosh before picking them right back up again.
To be frank - there's a bit more meat to Rue than I had anticipated. Hellions have always leaned towards the brevity of their songs, but it's hard to discount the layers to their songwriting. 'Furrow' is dreamy yet almost bittersweet in its nostalgic hook and tiny orchestral flourishes make tracks like 'Smile' really pop.
I really wanted to stray from the term 'Happy Hardcore' but truthfully Rue is the kind of album that doesn't shy away from its new sound - which could potentially be polarizing for longtime fans. The opening claps and woah-oh's of 'Harsh Light' are undeniable earworms, but maybe not for everyone.
At the very least, at least Hellions don't sound like every other damn hardcore band, and that's a feat in itself. A big part of Hellions lyrics are about maturing and growing older, but Rue feels like their most mature record to date. Harbouring an attitude of self-growth and betterment, championed by the Sydney quartet's hardcore roots and a taste for the theatrical make Rue a one of a kind listen.
It's about embracing life and running away from all the bullshit, cheap stimulation and false measures of happiness. I'm ready to run, are you ready?
Dre's Top Three:
- Harsh Light