Last month HUNDREDTH announced their 2019 singles series and premiered its first entry “Whatever” (a track that Stereogum called “beyond catchy”), and today the band have released the next installment. BrooklynVegan is premiering “Cauterize” a shimmering cut of dreamy alternative that showcases Hundredth’s continued growth. Powered by a reverb-drenched guitar lead and frontman Chadwick Johnson’s ethereal vocals “Cauterize” manages to combine undeniable hooks with atmosphere to spare–a combination of mood and melody that’s becoming the band’s speciality. BrooklynVegan compared the song to “…the atmospheric guitar heroism of early U2 or The Cure” and praised it saying, “if that sounds up your alley, you’ll probably agree that Hundredth do a fine job at this sort of thing.”
Hundredth‘s singles series is the first taste of brand new music from the band since their 2017 full-length, RARE, which propelled them into a bold new direction. RARE was a sonic rebirth that allowed Hundredth to move beyond their roots in aggressive music and evolve into a kind of vibrant shoegaze and driving alternative that felt both organic and daring all at once–exciting longtime fans and critics alike, and even landing on Stereogum’s Best Albums of 2017. With this year’s singles Hundredth continue to push themselves forward and revel in melody like never before–effortlessly conjuring the grandeur of classic post-punk and new wave (New Order, The Cure, The Chameleons) and the effervescence of modern synth-pop and dream-pop (Future Islands, Beach House). Stay tuned for more new music from Hundredth coming soon.