Coursing with drive, the Yorkshire electronic-rock sextet have created another hip-shaking bop with undeniable charm.
Words: Varun Govil | Photo: Liam Waddell
There is no doubt that the past handful of years have seen an absolutely endless march of absurdity. While the year and a half that have preceded us led to a seeming boom of new talent, from the Yardacts and English Teachers to the TV Priests and Beige Banquets, there was also an outburst of headlines that left most of us bemused, frustrated, and certainly perplexed. At the intersection of these two abnormal trends is Hoarder, the latest single from Leeds synth-heavy sextet Adult DVD. The band born from exchanging internet demos through the relentless boredom of lockdown have now shared their latest offering: a bubbly groover inspired by one of the strangest incidents of local news gone mad.
If you rewound a few months to the winter of 2021 in the Northern metropolis of Leeds, you would find the streets barren. Not because of the pandemic or the frigid cold but because a roving gang of 13-year-olds were let loose on the neighbourhoods of Yorkshire, robbing any house or passerby that struck their fancy. With local Facebook pages bursting with sightings of the youths, many were struck by fear but one band were instead provided with the seeds for a new track. As the group bemusingly put it themselves, “A while ago in Leeds, a group of 13-year-olds were up to no good and robbing people’s gaffs. ‘Hoarder’ is about how if they robbed us, they’d be doing us a favour. It’s a joke though, please don’t rob us.” With an equally zany combination of synths, fuzzy basses, and endearing vocals, the band have managed to successfully channel the quirky abnormality of life that inspired them.
As a cutting bass guitar rips the track open, joined soon by a punchy set of drums, Adult DVD set a strong foundation for the aforementioned narrative. Travelling through mellow lows and crashing highs, Hoarder remains dynamic and dancey. By continuously centreing the track around expertly crafted basslines and vocalist Harry Hanson’s magnetic and unaffected vocals, the six-piece made sure they had undeniable charmer on their hands.