Saturday, 21 November 2009

Notorious Hi-Fi Killers

The Notorious Hi-Fi Killers (Sun)
London | Noisestar

Hailing from south London, The Notorious Hi-Fi Killers have slowly emerged as one of the
generation’s most sophisticated guitar-based bands. They have perfected their art through a series of
acclaimed releases starting in 2006 and via their incendiary live sets.
Formed in 2005 by Jonathan Richards (formerly of Joeyfat), Tony Mountford (Cove / Princess Headbutt) and Rhys Llewellyn (Hey Colossus), they began by
furrowing both their own music and popular music history, giving it their own twist by bringing equal
amounts of volume and texture to the forefront, whilst never neglecting the killer hook.

Following a year of honing their craft onstage alongside some of the UK’s finest such as Part Chimp,
Lords and Bilge Pump, The Notorious Hi-Fi Killers released their debut single themselves – a brutal
eponymous titled 7” on their own Noisestar imprint. Taking it on the road, the single sold out and is
currently out of print. The band continued to work on their debut album, recording in Camberwell
with engineer Tim Cedar (Part Chimp). These recordings became the album
‘Which side are you on?’, which was immediately snapped up for release by London-based
Rocket Recordings and saw the light of day in early 2008, winning international appreciation.
Continuing on the road throughout 2008, taking stage alongside friends and peers The Heads,
Parts and Labour, Shit & Shine, Monotonix, The USA Is A Monster and White Hills, the band
decided to head back into the studio whilst the iron was white hot, to pull together a further two
releases…First out of the traps being ‘New Spirituals’. Committed live to tape during a radio
session, New Spirituals presented the first opportunity for fans of the group’s studio debut to grab
these songs, new and improved, on the blessed format of vinyl LP.

Harnessing a lighter, more psychedelic sound for current live sets and the upcoming LP, the band –
now featuring Hungarian drumming powerhouse Tamas Kiss in place of a departed Llewellyn – are
at present putting the finishing touches to what is sure to be one of 2009’s finest and most surprising
long players. Having recently returned from a successful tour of Central Europe, with previews from
the new album being aired by Tom Robinson on BBC6 amongst others, the band continue to play
shows throughout the UK, with festivals and further UK and European dates booked for the summer.
Where 2009 takes them, only their vision can restrict.