HSY has revealed the first single from their debut LP, ‘Bask.’ The single, Scratch, smacks you in the face with buzzsaw guitars and a hyper-saturated drums and bass propelling Jude’s guttural vocals. According to Jude, Scratch was the first song written for HSY and addresses his own youthful self-regard. “Its basically about being an ego maniac and thinking your gods gift to women when really your just a smelly 20 something with nothing really to offer anyone,” he says, “a love song to myself of sorts.” Listen to it via Soundcloud below.
‘Bask’ will be released via Buzz Records on September 11, 2015.
1. Acid Peel
2. Slush Puppy
6. Cyber Bully
7. Woulda Coulda
10. Dr. Death
More about HSY? With its roots in the now-defunct Buzz Garage in Toronto’s Chinatown, sludge-punk outfit HSY was originally formed in 2011 by the mononymous Garage co-founder, Jude. Almost three years on from their first incarnation the band, now with a full line-up featuring Kat Theodorelos, Brandon Lim and Anna Mayberry of Anamai, rejoined to an empty small town church to record their self-titled 2013 debut EP, which was released via Buzz Records and garnered praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum and Noisey.
In the wake of the EP’s warm reception HSY embarked on tours of the US and UK in 2014, sharing the stage with White Lung, Deerhoof and labelmates Odonis Odonis, and releasing the AA-side 7” Cyber Bully b/w Phantasm Blast via Too Pure and Buzz, which Stereogum approvingly described as “wholly unpleasant.” Following their year of touring HSY began work on their first LP in late 2014. Recorded with Josh Korody (Dilly Dally, Wish, Beliefs) at his Toronto studio Candle Recording, the album, entitled ‘Bask,’ captures an exciting moment in the band’s continued evolution, deepening and distorting their Melvinsesque sludge punk with post-punk flourishes reminiscent of Factory Records groups like Section 25, and nods to HSY’s enduring interest in black metal, occasionally careening into territory that recalls Transylvanian Hunger-era Darkthrone. While HSY have been turning heads since their inception, ‘Bask’ represents a major step forward continues to cement their reputation as purveyors of some of the most original and inventive heavy music being made today.