The skill of fusing a wide range of influences to form a new sound is the foundational concrete beneath the success of bands like The Deftones and Linkin Park. However there is a thin line between creative genius and tripe.
'Tis a line that Hondo Maclean are treading precariously. Within Lola's Pictures, they career from the most militant of metal riffs into the mellowest of post punk chorus and a then deliver a purely distressing bout of guttural roaring. Don't Forget To Feed The Fish takes in elements of bands like Feeder, Shadows Fall and Jimmy Eats World, with a simply smashing groove and disturbingly schizophrenic vocals.
On record their mix of emo, death metal and hardcore provides an intriguing, tight, and refreshingly brilliant mix. Live however, sadly the same is far from true. If they can perfect this shortfall, Hondo should go far.
Hondo Maclean @ The Astoria, London
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