Opening pair (Blueberry) and Odyssey combine for the strongest piece of music the band have ever written – grandiose and all-consuming musically, a voyeuristic think-piece lyrically. That theme continues through the record with the battling dualism between how Hellions sound, and what they’re actually saying.
On Smile, the band look inward: “You know you’ve got to build the house before you let any guests in/ You need shelter, need a home in your own skin,” belts vocalist Dre Faivre in the opening verse, before looking outward at society’s pessimistic and outspoken social media landscape.
The group adopt recklessness over looming hopelessness on the effortlessly catchy X (Mwah), while The Lotus ups the theatrical side again. Closing track 26, meanwhile, is the light at the end of Rue’s long-winding tunnel – a torrential climax in Hellions’ quest for enlightenment.
Rue is out October 19 via UNFD.
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