Seattle, Washington’s emotionally-charged indie punks, HIDING PLACE, are getting in the mood for Fall a little early with their self-titled debut EP. The band have teamed with GoldFlakePaint mag to stream the release in it’s entirety before it’s September 9th release date via Alternatives Label. Check it out below. Furthermore, the band will be touring the West Coast starting in mid-September, see full list of dates below.
Hiding Place don’t shy from their ’90s Midwestern indie influences, instead they channel them through a sense of urgency and a focus on hooks, giving their songs an infectious energy that feels unmistakably modern. GoldFlakePaint perfectly described their debut as “moody sentiments juxtaposed by an almost restless sense of journeying, the four-track EP meanders between emo-like postures and the more straight-up elements of its indie rock forefathers.”
In the past several years, emotionally-focused alternative has slowly but surely clawed it’s way back into consideration within the broader indie rock conversation. With the word “emo” now bringing to mind more and more critically respected acts, the genre has become surprisingly crowded and it takes something special to stand out. Seattle, Washington’s Hiding Place are more than up to that challenge with their debut self-titled EP, which takes reverence for the genre’s greats of the ’90s and early 2000s, and injects it with modern hooks and urgency.
Recorded by Jackson Justice Long (Self Defense Family, Strange Wilds, Shook Ones),Hiding Place’s debut exists between the intricate angst of fervent forebears like American Football and Sunny Day Real Estate, and the infectious alternative of Jimmy Eat World and Death Cab For Cutie. These influences and more are channeled through the band members’ roots in the Seattle hardcore scene, giving Hiding Place’s sound an immediacy often missing from music this melancholy. While melody has always been one of the calling cards of this particular brand of alternative, precise hooks are often sidelined for mood or narration. Hiding Place take the opposite approach, crafting choruses that are meant to sing-alongs but never sacrificing lyrical scope for cadence.
Hiding Place aren’t just another band trying to ride a wave. The songs on their EP could only be created with the kind of honesty that is most essential to their genre’s core. Every track is meticulous in it’s musical and lyrical depth and the result is a debut that is sure to not only please fans of what we often call emo, but also prove why this kind of music belongs on the indie map today.
09/19 Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
09/20 Boise, ID @ TBA
09/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
09/22 Murrieta, CA @ The Awakening
09/23 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
09/24 Lake Forest, CA @ OC DIY
09/25 Fresno, CA @ Mia Cuppa
09/26 Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go!
09/27 Santa Rosa, CA @ The Beach