The Tragically Hip (or the Hip as they are called by their fans) return with their thirteenth album and they have been going since 1983. They are massive in their native Canada where nine of their albums have made the number one spot. They are less well known here in the UK and Europe but this album may help get them a little more known.

Hard to compare them to another band as they have their own unique sound – indie pop rock although the biting rock of ‘We Want To Be It’ reminded me of the Pixies. ‘Done And Done’ is so damn catchy, nice drumming and vocals combining well. The title track has a trippy vibe, it mixes the vocals and chiming guitar well. They have enough musical variety to keep you interested and for someone new to the band like me, enough to make you want to seek out the band’s earlier albums.

If driving indie rock meets pop with a few musical curveballs is of interest then grab a cop of this album. No need to tell fans as they will already have this!


Jason Ritchie

On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

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Power Plays w/c 5 August (Mon-Fri)

COCO MONTOYA I Wouldn’t Wanna Be You (Alligator)
SKYFEVER Burning Hands (OTI Records)
HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE High Shoulders Everywhere (indie)
MICHAEL J BOLTON Trans Lunar Injection (Market Square)

Featured Albums w/c 5 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 STRANDED New Dawn (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 HOLLOW HAZE Between Wild Landscapes And Deep Blue Sea (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 SESSION AMERICANA North East (indie)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

BRIAN ROBERTSON – Diamonds And Dirt (2011)

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