After spending much of 2019 on the road with their EP Good Time, Hideous Sun Demon are back for a new decade with what is perhaps their most direct piece of music yet – the cranking ‘Gimmicks’. Sitting somewhere between Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Gang of Four and King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, the newest from Hideous Sun Demon will sit well with longtime fans, while introducing a new and tight sound to the public as a whole.
Admitting that they were growing bored with the sounds that had formed the foundations of their early material, Hideous Sun Demon went back to the drawing board when conceptualising this new phase of the band and what they wanted it to sound like. Working with Casey Hartnett (King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard), Jeremy Giddings (Hot House Studios) and Joe Carra (Crystal Mastering), ‘Gimmicks’ came together as a reimagination of the music the trio loves, the essence of their dynamic as performers. “We had kinda gotten into this formulaic approach to songwriting that was defined by fuzzy guitars and doomy riffs. We were eager to adopt a wider breadth of influences, especially since Jake and Vin bonded over their love of post-punk and New Wave in their youth. We’ve started playing with cleaner guitars, writing songs that have a higher focus on tight playing rather than balls to the wall noise, as well as broadening what our sound can be. That’s essentially what Gimmicks is.” Hideous Sun Demon
Throughout last year, Hideous Sun Demon were honing their craft on stages throughout Europe, with the Good Time EP bringing them to the radars of many. Following on from 2018’s FAME, EROTIC, DREAM album (the band’s third), their 2019 material showcased a band that was further exploring their sonic identity. Heading into 2020, Hideous Sun Demon are flexing their songwriting and live muscles more than ever.
PRAISE FOR HIDEOUS SUN DEMON
“Hideous Sun Demon are both the odd kid on your street burning their toys with a magnifying glass and the warped, melting plastic figures themselves. Reckless abandon and gleeful horror all at once.”
Triple J Unearthed, Dave Ruby Howe
“A young band kicking genre’s expectations in the teeth.”
The AU Review
“Hideous Sun Demon have a solid sound that makes them stand out in the most beautiful way possible…they are easily one of the most exciting and interesting bands around.”
Beat In My Bones