It is very easy to envy New York for the abundance of incredible musical talent that seems to sprout from their backyard. Today isn’t one of those days. The New Highway Hymnal is one of many Boston bands to make its city proud by allowing us bragging rights. Their debut album Whispers [Vanya Records] is available for stream now, a day before its release.
I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing The New Highway Hymnal live several times. Their shows have always been engrossing and energetic. Because up until now my familiarity with them has been almost exclusively through live shows – Their Bandcamp page only has two songs in it, so far – I was a bit nervous about them disappointing me on record. I was wrong. Way the fuck wrong. On Whispers the band manages to deliver the high doses of their energy I’ve come to love. The production value also allows for various levels of garage tinged psychedelia to shine through nicely. Fans of Tame Impala and Black Angels will love this – so when you can muster the will to press pause on Lonerism definitely check out The New Highway Hymnal. Whispers is set for release on digital and vinyl via Vanya Records on October, 18 2012 – stream below.