LIVE: HIDE – The Shacklewell Arms, 03.10.19

A primal, urgent, gripping performance: Industrial/electronic duo HIDE unleashed a torrent of brutal sound upon their Dalston crowd as part of their co-headline tour with Kontravoid on Thursday night.

Opening with ‘Chainsaw’, taken from the band’s latest album Hell Is Here (released on Dais Records), vocalist Heather Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher performed their aural exorcisms beneath frantic strobe lights.

The lyrics to ‘Chainsaw’ are informed by the street harassment Gabel has received in real life. Dressed like a misogynist’s nightmare with her unhinged grin and heavily blackened eyes & lips; she violently screamed the words “Smile! Bitch!”, throwing their abuse back in to the ether with scathing vitriol.

HIDE’s originality as a band lies in their undermining of patriarchal forces through powerful lyrical statements and abrasive noise. The pair transform fear and vulnerability in to distracting industrial tunes, and the impact of their efforts are best appreciated when seen and heard in a live environment.

Gabel’s frenzied, intense performance style perfectly accompanied Sher’s pulverizing beats. Between songs and blackouts, she removed articles of her clothing and continued to dominate the stage with her jagged movements and inescapable stares. By the time the duo performed ‘Raw Dream’, Gabel’s battle cries were fully fleshed – perfect for an anthem that tackles the imbalance of power.

Despite the brevity of their set, the impact of HIDE’s performance is one that lasts long after the strobes have finished flickering. Their thought-provoking, caustic, vital shows are a much needed antidote to the hellish reality they challenge through their art.

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Kate Crudgington
@kcbobcut

Track Of The Day: HIDE – ‘Chainsaw’

**trigger warning: mention of rape/sexual assault**

Not for the faint-hearted: Chicago-based electronic duo HIDE mesh abrasive, pulverizing synths and aggressive vocals on their latest track ‘Chainsaw’. Taken from their upcoming album Hell is Here, set for release August 23rd via Dais Records, the track’s accompanying video closes with the statement “Rape culture kills” and lists the names of multiple women who were raped and murdered whose pictures feature in the video.

The track’s uncomfortable context is deeply rooted in the band’s own reality; the lyrics to ‘Chainsaw’ are a slew of verbal assaults the duo have received repeatedly on the street, often while in the company of a child. The video is a collaboration with film makers Chris Hefner and Menthol Pictures.

HIDE are formed of fine artist Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher, and together the pair use a combination of self sourced field recordings and various pop culture/media to create their intense and powerful sounds and visuals. ‘Chainsaw’ is one of many HIDE of tracks that challenges misogyny and the pain of those who have been brutalised, explored through blistering noise and confrontational vocals.

The duo will be touring both the US and Europe from July onwards, including a show with Kontravoid at London’s Shacklewell Arms on 3rd October which we urge you not to miss. Watch the video for ‘Chainsaw’ below and follow HIDE on Facebook for more updates.

If you have been affected by these visuals and want to seek support, visit the Rape Crisis website here.

Photo credit: Nicola Kuperus

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut