Hypophora – Spires

Driven riffs and sparkling clean harmonies interplay with aggressive vocals that soar and sustain – this is melodic post hardcore at its finest.

I’ll resist the urge to label Hypophora a new band as despite preparing for the release of their debut album Douse, they’ve truly earned their sound since forming in Cornwall in 2012. They capture a raw energy through their melodic post hardcore. It’s a difficult scene to stand out in; a saturation of competent bands on the fringe of popular taste and things can start to feel a little stagnant, however the combination of Katie’s solid yet sweet voice and Karum’s masterful guitar feel anything but. Driven riffs and sparkling clean harmonies interplay with aggressive vocals that soar and sustain, giving Hypophora a sense of solidity and confidence.

Spires is an exciting taste of what to expect when the album drops on the 21st September. The compound time signature is a breath of fresh air and keeps the track moving at pace and whilst the chorus is somewhat lead by its lyrical simplicity, the powerhouse delivery stays with you. Spires weaves between hardcore breakdowns and choppy verses to form a convincingly well put together track. I’ll be listening further for sure, and not just because of this song – for a further insight into the musical dexterity of this band, the tones in the breakdown 3 minutes into Headlines are simply beautiful.

Hypophora play a string of dates across the South West of England in late September and October – I’ve heard their live shows are electric so be sure to check them out!