August 19, 2011 10:50 pm

Hard-Fi: Killer Sounds

The band’s themes of bored youth and self-destructive hedonism acquire fresh currency after this month’s riots

Hard-Fi have made a well timed return after a four year absence. The Staines band’s themes of bored youth, precarious dead-end jobs and self-destructive hedonism, first explored on 2005’s hit debut Stars of CCTV, have acquired freshly minted currency after this month’s riots.

“I’m going to take my revenge/Take it out on the streets,” singer Richard Archer declares on their third album’s title track, whose chorus, as if delivered by an older, wiser head, counsels restraint: “You’ve got to let frustration be your friend/And rejoice young man in your youth.”

Musical reference points (chiefly The Clash’s Sandinista) are much less topical, though imaginative co-production from Killers/Madonna-producer Stuart Price adds a nice electro twist, as with “Fire in the House”’s disco sheen.

Hard-Fi

Killer Sounds

(Atlantic)

3 stars

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