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Schwindy's Indie Music Spotlight: The Hentchmen "The Hentchmen"

In researching The Hentchmen, one recurring theme is that this is a band that likes to keep it simple and primitive. It doesn't take long to figure out that the band is pretty successful in that pursuit. First of all, the lineup is pretty simple: guitar, Farfisa and drums. Using those instruments, the band cranks out a sound that is on par with classic mid-60s garage. Seriously, when you listen to this, you'd probably never guess that this is a recent release. And I'm not sure what the microphone setup is, but it's easy to imagine that the three members of the band set one vintage microphone in the middle of the room (or basement, or garage) and go to work.

So, what should you expect from this album? Again, there is not a lot of mystery here. No one is going to say this album is overproduced. (That is a very good thing). This is an album filled with driving guitar, aggressive drumming, and bright organ sounds. The first changeup comes with "Knocking at My Door," which incorporates a little twang into the garage sound. Another change of pace comes with "Messed up My Brain." The guitar sounds more like mid-70s than mid-60s, but still gets that really primitive sound. If you are a fan of primitive garage rock, The Hentchmen is a band you should explore. Yes, that is really my entire review. I could probably pontificate more, but sometimes the best thing to do is to get out of the way and let the music speak for itself.

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