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hatcham social consist of toby kidd (vocals / guitar), finn kidd (drums), dave fineberg (bass / vocals) and multi-tasking new boy jerome watson (synth / guitar). n the past two years they have released four limited edition independent singles, compiled one mini-album cassette, played over 150 gigs (including selling out the 100 club) and enraptured countless music lovers with the sort of charmingly jagged old school alternative stance several of us thought had been destroyed forever by the corporate indie boomtime of the early noughties. nor are they purely being retro to cut off their own indie schmindie cardigans sleeves: in 2008 alone hatcham social visited france, italy, spain, russia, the netherlands and the faroe islands. they toured the uk with the charlatans and then again with ipso facto. they released their 'crystal world' mini-album in japan. they shone at the great escape by the seaside, at camden crawl by the trackside, at in the city near moss side and at offset in the middle of epping forest. oh, and they spent a few weeks in the summer in big mushroom studios up north with tim burgess and jim spencer at the controls.
'murder in the dark' is one of the songs from those big mushroom sessions and their first single release on fierce panda. like much of hatcham social's understated ouevre it's a deceptively multi-layered musical event wherein sweet melodies disguise a cutting edge. fact fans may care to note that 'murder in the dark' will also be appearing on hatcham social's humungously long-awaited debut longplayer, 'you dig the tunnel, i'll hide the soil', which is due out on fierce panda on march 16th 2009. limited 7" only.....release date: 09/03/2009
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