Hundredth have revealed a third new track from forthcoming album Rare with “Suffer”, which is the latest indicator of the band’s profoundly different new direction. Its swathes of sound speak a different language of heaviness to the band’s previously hardcore oeuvre, yet the song and the others on the record retain Hundredth’s innate energy and heaviness.
Before they created Rare, Hundredth were beginning to feel the walls of their sound and scene tightening around them. The band had nothing left to give hardcore and the time had come to evolve or end. Faced with this challenge Hundredth chose to do what they do best: be themselves, no matter what that sounds like. They dove headfirst into reinvention.
Rare is a fearless album of lushly dense shoegaze and post-punk. Dense walls of rolling distortion collide with crisp drums or melt into subdued atmospherics, all while vocalist Chadwick Johnson’s reverb-drenched vocals float overtop, more dynamic and cathartic than his past screams. Even Johnson’s lyrics seem to follow more esoteric paths, touching on reclusion and a desire to escape, nodding to the creative and social isolation felt within the band’s now past life.