Hammered Hulls Careening
The members of post hardcore/punk super group Hammered Hulls— Alec MacKaye, Mary Timony, Mark Cisneros, and Chris Wilson—have all been in numerous influential bands: Helium, The Make-Up, The Faith, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Warmers, Autoclave, Kid Congo, Titus Andronicus, and Wild Flag to name but a few. And together as HH they have just announced their debut full length, Careening (10/28 via Dischord) which follows their 2019 self titled EP. They have also shared the first single, “Rights and Reproduction,” a song loaded with a palpable push and pull tension, coupled with MacKaye’s urgent vocals and full of the legacy and sound of the great Washington DC bands that have come before them (and often times included them).
Fellow DC veteran and living punk legend Guy Picciotto of Rites of Spring and Fugazi shared these thoughts via a press release on Hammered Hulls and the song saying:
“Alec MacKaye has been a source of inspiration to me since I was 15 years old when his bands the Untouchables and Faith made their massive crater-sized impacts on me. “Inspiration” doesn’t do it justice – in the chaos of his performance and the power of his voice, Alec was always to me the distant horizon of what any singer could aspire to be. It is surely the only debt you can incur that feels like a gift.
That he now continues to provide that same energy to me 42 years later with his band Hammered Hulls is not really a surprise but it is wildly welcome. Mary Timony, Chris Wilson and Mark Cisneros, three musicians of absurd pedigree, sensitivity and skill, create a weave that’s both tough and lithe, the ideal setting for Alec’s singular voice and words. Their new single “Rights and Reproduction” colonized my mind when I saw them play it live and is now just as disruptive in its recorded form. A highwater mark has been redrawn. Hammered Hulls are for real.”
The band also shares on their Bandcamp “Hammered Hulls’ debut LP Careening may very well be the last record to be recorded and mixed at famed Washington, DC area recording studio Inner Ear. Engineered by studio owner Don Zientara and produced by Ian MacKaye, Careening was started right before the pandemic lockdown and completed in summer/fall of 2021.”
In support of the album, the band will embark on a short tour which will hit NYC on December 2nd at TV Eye (they will also make stops in Washington DC, Cleveland and Baltimore).
Listen to the song below and pre-order the album now via Bandcamp:
Hammered Hulls performing in 2019 (photos by Kate Hoos)