|Origin||New Cross, London, England|
Vinyl Junkie (Japan)
TBD Records (USA)
MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
|Website||Hatcham Social's Official Website|
|Past members||Dave Fineberg
Hatcham Social are an English indie pop band who first met and formed in New Cross, London, and who have released a string of singles on indie labels since 2006, a debut album in 2009 a second album in 2012 and currently working on material for a third album. With the debut album they made headway in the mainstream media, with The Guardian describing them as 'irrestistible' and Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) calling them 'a wonderful pop group with the world's coolest drummer'. The band are named partially after the Hatcham Liberal club on Queens Road, Peckham, and the Old English word 'Hatcham', meaning 'a clearing in the woods'. The Hatcham Liberal club was well known as 'Hatcham Social' around the time the band formed. The area in which it lies was, in previous times, known as Hatcham. Their debut album You Dig The Tunnel, I'll Hide The Soil was released in March 2009 in the UK.
- 1 History
- 2 Influences and sound
- 3 Associated artists
- 4 Discography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
"Dance As If..." and "How Soon Was Then?"
Hatcham Social formed in New Cross in 2006 when David Fineberg met brothers Tobias and Finnigan Kidd. Drummer Finnigan Kidd was still a member of Klaxons, but left in order to devote his time to Hatcham Social; they soon released their self-recorded debut 7" single "Dance as If..." on the indie label WaKs Records (Daniel Devine). After showing considerable interest and forming a friendship with the band, Faris Badwan of The Horrors (a former art student at Central Saint Martins) agreed to create the artwork for the band's second single, "How Soon Was Then?", released on PopGrooves (the label set up by David Fineberg); the artwork to the single was hand-printed on 200 limited edition 7" sleeves. The single gave the band their first national radio airplay on the BBC 6Music show Mint, hosted by Marc Riley, in January 2007.
"Til The Dawn" / "Penelope (Under My Hat)"
Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, produced the band's next single, the double A-side of "Til The Dawn" and "Penelope (Under My Hat)". Both sides of the single were recorded with Burgess, for whom this was his production debut. Again, artwork was provided by Faris Badwan. Artrocker described the single as a 'polka-dot-skirt-swirling number with credibility' whilst Dazed & Confused saw it as 'carefree and irresistibly catchy'. The success of the single prompted BBC 6Music DJ Gideon Coe to invite the band in for their first live radio session on Tuesday 14 August 2007, whilst the Queens of Noize chose "Penelope (Under My Hat)" as their 'Trophy Track' on their BBC 6 Music show on 4 August 2007. Artrocker magazine also asked the band to perform a live radio session for them, and used one of the live tracks "Snap My Hands" on their cover mounted free CD in December 2007.
"So So Happy Making"
The band's growing friendship with Badwan saw him switching from design to production for Hatcham's next single, "So So Happy Making". The single was released as a joint venture between Loog Records and Waks Records. Artrocker described the single as a 'wonderful, life-affirming record' whilst the NME proclaimed 'twee-tastic basement recorded pop shouldn't be starting a south London revolution, but it is'. Vice described it as 'one of the best things we've heard all year', and Time Out magazine chose the self-recorded b-side, "Berlin", as one of their 'Picks of the Week', likening the band to 'The Pop Group, Josef K and Virgin Prunes'. The relative success of the single was proven when it reached number 14 in the Official Independent Label Singles Chart on 9 March 2008.
Growing recognition has seen Hatcham Social headline a show at London's 100 Club in February 2008, and they have played the Camden Crawl, Great Escape and Dot to Dot music festivals in London, Brighton, Bristol and Nottingham, as well as Faraday in Barcelona, London Calling in Amsterdam and Lovebox in London.
You Dig The Tunnel, I'll Hide The Soil
A post from the band on their forum, A Clearing In The Woods, indicated all tracks were recorded with Tim Burgess and Jim Spencer throughout the month of August 2008. A blog posted on their Myspace on 7 November 2008 explained their debut album, entitled You Dig The Tunnel, I'll Hide The Soil, will be released in early 2009 through Fierce Panda in the UK and TBD Records in the US.[dated info]
Line up change
At some point after the touring of the first album David Fineberg left the band and took a year traveling the world. Jerome Watson who had been playing extra guitar on live shows also left to concentrate on his own project. Toby and Finn continued to record and write towards the second album. After the album was written they acquired a new bass player and guitarist in the form of Riley Difford and David Claxton respectively. Response to the new line up seem positive with a review for a recent show where they headlined the Lexington in London stating 'they produce a sound so full, accomplished and engaging that it fills the Lexington to bursting. Bigger stages beckon'
Second album About Girls released in 2012. Recorded with Jim Anderson (Transgressive, Cold Specks), Laurie Latham (Echo and the Bunnymen, Squeeze) and some was produced and mixed entirely by the band. Recorded in parts at Helcion Mountain in London and Drummers Hill in Wales.
Like An Animal Single
Like An Animal was the first taster track to be released off of the second LP and was given away as a free download from the bands Bandcamp page. It was limited to 500 free downloads and then went to being available as to buy. Artrocker said the single was 'Awesome' and gave it a five star rating.
Influences and sound
Hatcham Social derive heavy influence from indie pop of the 1980s including bands such as The Pastels, Orange Juice, and Josef K, as well as post-punk and shoegaze bands such as The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Fall. Their music (particularly their early singles) also features a 1960s beat music influence, including the pop sensibility of The Kinks.
They have also taken great influence from story books and children's literature, most notably through their rendition of the Lewis Carroll poem "Jabberwocky", which they performed live at their 100 Club gig with a performing arts group, SKIPtheatre (they also made a brief appearance in their music video to "So So Happy Making"). The band's love of story books and children's literature (and as a nod to the 1980s) influenced them in choosing to release two cassette tapes of their self-recorded material, Found In The Woods (versions 1 & 2). The first edition brought together the five tracks on their first two vinyl only singles, and was released on 25 May 2007. The second edition brought together six other previously unreleased self recorded tracks, and was released on 31 December 2007.
Hatcham have frequently played with bands including The Violets, Neils Children, and Electricity In Our Homes, and are associated with The Horrors and The Charlatans (whom they have supported in a number of concerts) through their work with Faris Badwan and Tim Burgess. Finnigan Kidd, as well as having drummed for Klaxons before concentrating on Hatcham Social, is also a part-time member of the indie rock supergroup collective The Chavs. In addition to this, Riley Difford is the son of Squeeze guitarist and vocalist Chris Difford.
|2006||"Dance As If…" / "Catch Me If You Can (You Can't)"||7"||WaKS Records|
|2006||"How Soon Was Then?" / "Land of Maybe" / "Rhinoceros" (DJ Sinjin mix)||7"||PopGrooves|
|2007||"Til The Dawn" / "Penelope (Under My Hat)"||7" & Download||WaKS Records|
|2008||"So So Happy Making" / "Berlin"||7" and CD||Loog Records|
|2009||"Murder In The Dark" / "Mimicry"||7" and Download||Fierce Panda|
|2009||"Crocodile" / "Dissected"||7" and Download||Fierce Panda|
|2009||"Sidewalk"||10" (Ltd.100)||Fierce Panda|
|2011||"Like An Animal"||Download only (Ltd.500)||Fierce Panda|
|2007||Found In The Woods (edition 1)||cassette tape||PopGrooves|
|2007||Found In The Woods (edition 2)||cassette tape||PopGrooves|
|2008||Crystal World (Japan only)||CD||Vinyl Junkie|
|2009||Postcard In Colours (US and Canada only)||CD||TBD Records|
|2009||You Dig The Tunnel, I'll Hide The Soil (UK)||CD / Download||Fierce Panda|
|2009||You Dig The Tunnel, I'll Hide The Soil (US)||CD / Vinyl / Download||TBD Records|
|2012||About Girls (UK)||CD / Download||Fierce Panda|
- http://music.guardian.co.uk/live/story/0,,2257872,00.html - Hatcham Social concert review, 19 Feb 2008
- http://transpont.blogspot.com/2007/01/goodbye-to-hatcham.html - Hatcham Liberal Club to close
- http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/lewisham/main/new-cross.htm - origin of name Hatcham
- http://www.tourdates.co.uk/news/223-Social-Prominence - an interview with the band
- Artrocker Magazine, 1–17 August 2007, page 6 - band interview
- Artrocker Magazine, Issue 76, March 2008, pages 26 - 29 - four page article on the band
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/mint/tracklisting_20070107.shtml - tracklisting from radio show
- Artrocker Magazine, 1–17 August 2007, page 26 - single review
- Dazed & Confused, Volume 2, Issue 52, August 2007, page 172 - single review
- Radio Times, 11–17 August 2007, page 122 - 6 Music Radio listing
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/queensofnoize/tracklisting_20070804.shtml - radio show tracklisting
- Artrocker Magazine, Issue 73, December 2007 - Artrocker Unsigned Volume 3 CD
- Artrocker Magazine, Issue 75, Feb 2008, page 59 - single review
- NME, 9 February 2008, page 46 - single review
- Vice, Volume 6 Number 1, page 124 - photo shoot with band
- Time Out Magazine, No.1956, 13–19 February, page 113 - 'Tracks, a pick of the weeks's A-Sides, B-Sides, downloads and miscellaneous'
- Wing Management - Hatcham Social chart at No.14
- http://www.aclearinginthewoods.co.uk - official forum for the band
- http://www.timeout.com/london/music/events/643901/hatcham_social_damn_shames_thomas_tantrum.html - interview with band
- http://accessinterzone.blogspot.com/2008/01/in-shadow-hatcham-socials-jabberwocky.html - review
- http://youtube.com/watch?v=yvMm7cQ9bKk&feature=related - live clip
- http://youtube.com/watch?v=NLuHigST8z4 - video to So So Happy Making
- Flux Magazine, Issue 59, page 22 - interview with band
- Artrocker Magazine, 1–17 August 2007, page 6 - interview with band
- Dazed and Confused, Vol.2, Issue 53, September 2007, page 239 - article on the band
- http://www.popgrooves.co.uk - label website catalogue