The track appears on their recently released debut LP, ‘Surface
‘Surface Tension’ was released this past spring, the result of a
successful, fan-fueled Kickstarter campaign. The LP was supported by two
headline tours spanning the Midwest and East Coast.
The band will play a free hometown show tonight at Chicago’s Beat
Tonight- 7PM @ Beat Kitchen
// 2100 W Belmont Ave
Bridging the gap between ‘Diamond Eyes’ era Deftones and Radiohead’s
‘Kid A’, Hidden Hospitals gives us a glimpse of a persistent absence in today’s
rock n’ roll.
2. Rose Hips
3. Modern Saints
6. Bone Scraper
11. From Toxin
“Places revealed to those seeking resuscitation, rejuvenation,
decompression, atonement.” Hidden Hospitals’ website reveals where the band
derives its moniker. Their iconic mark captures the band’s foundational vision:
obscured within the double “H,” a universal symbol for aid.
Hidden Hospitals’ frequently dark, powerful music strikes a balance
with hopeful and often profound lyrical content. Finding their stride in two
fully produced EP releases, the Chicago rock quartet’s sound continues to resist
encapsulation. It is undeniably human; familiar at its core, modern and austere
in its execution.
Produced and mixed by J. Hall, Surface Tension marks Hidden
Hospitals’ first full-length album; a record that churns heavy with kinetic
energy and precise movements. Carefully paced through 12 engaging tracks, a
stable and familiar thread ties together the album as a whole. The band
transitions seamlessly between sharp, taut guitar-rock reminiscent of Diamond
Eyes era Deftones and an atmosphere of electronica evoking Radiohead’s Kid A.
The band takes a minimalist approach to songwriting–the thoughtful process of
reduction, leaving nothing but what’s necessary. In this whitespace Hidden
Hospitals gives us a glimpse of a persistent absence in today’s rock n’ roll.
They let us hear what we’ve been missing.
The band has balanced these elements over three years of many
national and regional tours providing direct support for The Used, Hot Rod
Circuit, Cartel and Blindside among others along the way. “The Absence of
Emotion” (EP 002) charted six weeks in top 10 CMJ Rock Charts (20 in top 30) and
produced a dozen commercial licensing syncs in 2013. Exclusively, EP 001 + 002
is currently stocked at all major music retailers Japan (Cars & Cals
Hidden Hospitals’ 2015 will see heavy national touring to support
Surface Tension’s release. Having cut their teeth on their first two releases,
the band is now primed to ignite a fanbase seeking modern rock music. In an
interview for the band’s Kickstarter campaign (which sparked the production of
Surface Tension) singer David Raymond states “A big part of why Hidden Hospitals
exists is because the four of us have collectively agreed that what we seek is
outside of ourselves and worth striving for… It’s exciting to me because this
feels like the beginning.”
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