A horrible hack

The South - Hypatia


Year Released: 2004
Format: LP
Label: Hate The 80s - square of opposition - Dead Tank
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jun 13, 2007
Here we have the South’s songs from their ‘Pacific’ cd-r pressed onto vinyl, good news indeed for anyone who missed out or wants the music rescued from a format that degrades to pish in no time flat. Whoop! These guys were one of few bands carrying Palatka’s torch into the new century and doing a pretty sweet job of it; a ramshackle, spazzed-out hardcore band with a whole lotta soul, busting its guts with flurries of speed, desperate breakdowns and melodies that seem to be slipping from the hands of a jittery knifethrower. There’s a lot of anger in this music, but also a lot of love and hope, making me think that these kids really gave a shit about what they were screaming for and had a whale of a time while they were doing it. That kind of energy and passion is infectious, and if you’re listening to this not feeling something then you must be a corpse too stupid to realise that life has already upped and left on you.

Hypatia have a couple of releases out here and there, but I have to say this is the first time I’ve heard them. They share a similar space with bands like Inwoods or Flatpoint A/V, the kind of rough n’ tumble melodic hardcore that Gorilla Biscuits might have played if they were a revolution summer band. Alongside their mostly short and snappy numbers, Hypatia aren’t averse to throwing a couple of looser jams into the mix, breaking things down a little and loosening up before flying off on another hardcore tip for a minute or so. Like their buddies on the flip, this band marry a serious set of words and concerns to a beaming shit-eating grin, showing you how to have fun without forgetting to care.

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