Artist – The Hannah Barberas
Release – Fantastic Tales Of The Sea LP
1. You’re So?!
2. You’re A Camera
3. Ugly Cry
4. Party From Hell
5. Love Them? Tell Them!
6. An Insatiable Lust For Laziness
1. Fast Friends
2. When You Were My Boyfriend
4. Fantastic Tales Of The Sea
5. Happy Winter
6. We Have The Stars
Label – Spinout Nuggets
Cat No. – SN091
Release date – 26th May 2023
The Hannah Barberas sprang into being in 2019 with a clutch of home-made, self-released EPs that were way better than they had any right to be.
Fronted by the genuinely star-powered and widely adored Lucy Formolli and the characterful baritone of Damien Devaney, The Hannah Barberas also bring the shiniest of guitars backed by the skipping drums of Matthew Chalkley, and beefy bass from Ian Evans.
Their debut album Into the Wild, released on Spinout Nuggets in 2020, gifted the world the rockabilly wit of Ted Wedding, the sharp edged What Are You Celebrating? and the tender and affecting I Can’t Go Outside. All the while sounding like nobody but the HBs.
The new album Fantastic Tales Of The Sea is basically the same but more so. Again, loaded with smart lyricism, sharp melodies and hooks you could throw your hat on. Only this time they’ve added a horn section and expanded the music to include some old-school Soul, Disco and even a bit of Country.
However, fans of DIY indie pop should not worry. This is the real deal.
Limited to 300 copies, the ninety-first release on Spinout Nuggets, it will be available via the label, the group and all very good record outlets.
Lucy Formolli – Vocals.
Damien Devaney – Guitar/Vocals
Ian Evans– Bass Guitar/Vocals.
Matthew Chalkley– Drums/Vocals.
All songs recorded at home by the band.
Produced by Trevor Fountain.
Mastered by Jim Riley at Ranscombe Studios, Rochester.