The second instalment of Smashed Vinyls Albums of the Year So Far... comes from the incredible Frank Turner. The punk-folk singer (who we are a big fans of at Smashed Vinyl) has chosen his favourite album of the year so far!
Frank Turner – ‘INSTRUCTIONS’ by HECK
I first stumbled across HECK – or Baby Godzilla, as they were then – at Y-Not Festival in Derbyshire. Ginger Wildheart had been banging on to me for ages about how they were the best live band in the world, so I finally gathered myself and went to check them out. He wasn't wrong. They've earned a ferocious reputation as performers on the underground over the last few years, and they never disappoint at a show.
A recording is, of course, a different affair. The early EPs were pretty good, but I'd been excited to hear the full-length since I first heard rumour of its coming. I can happily report that it's fantastic, my record of 2016 so far by some distance. They've got a nice line in crazy technical hardcore. It's a style that can become generic pretty quickly but they successfully avoid that over the ten songs on Instructions. There's an undercurrent of thrash / grind to a lot of their work which gives it a dirtier, more menacing edge than some of their American contemporaries. And it still feels as nuts as seeing them play live.
The fact that they've essentially put the record out themselves, against a ton of bad luck, and that they're now being celebrated for what they do, is also great. Long may they reign, the most exciting new British hardcore band for quite some time, in my humble opinion.