The Hello Morning : The Hello Morning
The Hello Morning’s recent gig at the Northcote Social Club was a stunning success as the band rolled out an “all killer no filler” set that was characterised by intuitive and energetic musicianship, a soulful immersion in the music and some wonderfully dry self-effacing humour allied to a decidedly likeable and magnetic collective stage presence. The captivated audience remained enthralled throughout and departed hungry for more. It comes as no surprise then to discover that the band’s ten-track debut album is studded with top-notch tunes, thoughtful lyrics and a host of robust melodies all delivered with that most elusive of all musical accomplishments: relaxed precision.
The Hello Morning has managed to bring the charisma, power and transcendent sense of creative euphoria that characterises their live performances into the studio and capture both the sound and the vibe for posterity. The band successfully fuses elements of country, soul, rock and blues to create a classic sonic approach that is sure to satisfy music lovers of all ages and tastes. Vocalist and guitarist Steven Clifford has the type of soulful voice that draws meaning from each lyric and imbues the songs with maximum warmth. His delivery is so effortless yet each note is nuanced and impactful. It’s as if singing is as natural to him as breathing is to the rest of us. The band plays so well together it’s hard to imagine that The Hello Morning stared out only eight years ago as a songwriting partnership between Clifford and Matt Smith (guitar/vocals). On this startlingly great debut, The Hello Morning sound like seasoned professionals brimming with ideas and deserving of international acclaim, chartbusting success and critical adulation.
BY GRAHAM BLACKLEY
Best Track: Without You
If You Like These, You'll Like This: Get Out While You Can DAN SULTAN
In A Word: Soulful