Not content with looking like they’ve stepped straight out of a New York basement show circa ’82, a lot of hardcore bands have also set about sounding like it in recent years.
Aesthetically and sonically, Leeds five-piece Higher Power have nailed that vibe on their latest album. It’s heavy on rhythm and groove, which lets the riffs breathe and pummel harder, and allows vocalist Jimmy Wizard room to vent on issues ranging from personal to broader societal problems.
Are they the UK’s answer to Turnstile? That feels reductive, because Higher Power are bringing their own flavour to the throwback game.