I have to admit that I’m not a huge post-hardcore fan, but I was pointed in the direction of Hull four-piece Late Night Fiction and I did enjoy their more melodic take on the genre. They’ve got a new single coming out at the end of the month (30th January, to be precise), entertainingly titled ‘Exits, Pursued By A Bear’ – watch the video for the track below.
The excessive screaming that often seems to pervade post-hardcore tracks is thankfully restrained here – used in short, sharp bursts for emphasis rather than as a default vocal style. And really, that makes a lot of sense – if you’re screaming all the time, then what do you do when you really want to make a point? The melodic vocals are complimented by instrumentation is as dynamic and varied as you might hope for – the track rides on a bed of relentless, intricate drumming, with intense bursts of guitar are interspersed with math-rock riffs and moments of serene, post-rock calm.
Overall, ‘Exits, Pursued By A Bear’ marks a fine way for the band to kick off 2012, and it’ll be interesting to see what else they come up with this year. For more from Late Night Fiction, have a listen to previous single ‘Dialectics’ here, or check out their Facebook and Bandcamp pages.
‘Exits, Pursued By A Bear’ is available on Grey Man Records on the 30th January.