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Kilkenny Cats – Hammer – Vinyl Record

 

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Kilkenny Cats – Hammer – Vinyl Record

Hammer is an album by the Kilkenny Cats, an influential indie rock band from Athens, Georgia, released in 1987. The band was part of the vibrant Athens music scene of the 1980s, which produced other notable acts like R.E.M. and The B-52’s. Known for their energetic performances and distinctive sound that blended punk, rock, and southern influences, Kilkenny Cats left a lasting impact on the indie rock landscape.

Just because Kilkenny Cats hailed from Athens, Georgia, and appeared in the Inside/Out film, it shouldn’t be implied that they sound like contemporary local figures like R.E.M. and Pylon. That assumption is closer to true than to false, though frontman Tom Cheek and company did lend some new traits to alternative music’s rootsy side. The group debuted in 1984 with “Attractive Figure,” and released their debut Hands Down two years later, on Coyote Records. The follow-up Hammer was their last and best, though bassist Sean O’Brien re-appeared several years later playing in Boston with Come.

Hammer features a mix of indie rock and post-punk elements, characterized by jangly guitars, driving rhythms, and a raw, unpolished sound. The album incorporates elements of southern rock, adding a unique regional flavor to their indie rock aesthetic. This blend creates a sound that is both energetic and reflective of their Georgia roots.

Many of the lyrics on Hammer deal with themes of everyday life, personal struggles, and experiences, reflecting a down-to-earth perspective that resonates with listeners. Some tracks incorporate storytelling elements that draw from southern culture and experiences, adding a layer of authenticity and regional charm to the album.

The production of Hammer emphasizes a raw and authentic sound, capturing the live energy and spontaneity of the band’s performances. This unpolished approach adds to the album’s indie rock credibility. The album features jangly guitars, solid bass lines, and driving drums, with a balance between high-energy rockers and more melodic, introspective tracks.

Hammer has garnered a cult following among fans of the Athens music scene and indie rock enthusiasts. The album is appreciated for its energetic performances, catchy melodies, and the band’s distinctive blend of influences. The Kilkenny Cats’ contribution to the Athens music scene and their influence on the broader indie rock genre are significant. “Hammer” stands as a testament to their role in the development of alternative rock in the 1980s.

Hammer by the Kilkenny Cats is a notable album in the indie rock canon, capturing the spirit of the vibrant Athens music scene of the 1980s. The band’s blend of indie rock, post-punk, and southern influences creates a unique and compelling sound that resonates with listeners. With its raw production, energetic performances, and relatable lyrics, Hammer remains a significant release in the band’s discography and a valuable piece of indie rock history. The Kilkenny Cats’ ability to blend different musical styles while maintaining an authentic and regional identity has left a lasting impact on the genre, making Hammer an enduring favorite among fans and collectors.

Texas Hotel Records 1988

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Track Listing
To Speak To
Nervous Neville
A Month Of Sundays
Sight On Sight
House Of Alastor
Mount Steel

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