Hannah: Until There Is Nothing Left of Us
By: Linda Spielman
In a world where so much
music is available and it can be hard to get your voice heard, Kill
Hannah defies the odds. The band got the extra push they needed
with the release of their latest album, Until There's Nothing
Left of Us. Does the name MySpace.com mean anything to anyone?
To have been the featured band on the highly popular friends and
networking site when their CD was released in early August 2006
was a major accomplishment for this Chicago based band.
Until There's Nothing
Left of Us is definitely a unique listen. Kill Hannah's sound
is a hybrid of '80's synth pop/rock with a touch of Imperial Drag
and Spacehog blended into today's alternative sound. Their masterful
combination of lyrics and melody are very refreshing. It is a sound
that is hard to wrap your mind around, but one that is easy to listen
to, even if you aren't into the music itself.
But, despite their unique
sound, the CD is somewhat sluggish. Believer is heavily synthesized
and melodic, which makes it one of the stand-out tracks, as is Black
Poisoned Blood. The songs lyrics are bitter, and the powerhouse
guitars create one of those songs that you turn up somewhere in
the midst of hating someone and healing. Other tracks such as Lips
Like Morphine and Songs That Saved My Life have incredible
lyrical stability, as well as a driven musical vibe. The remaining
tracks are hit and miss with some sounding very similar in their
arrangements. However, there IS one track that will sound very familiar
to many listeners--- the album includes a cover of The Church's
Under The Milky Way.
Kill Hannah has strong potential
to bring a completely fresh sound to the world of alternative music.
MySpace.com obviously thought so strongly enough to highlight them
on their homepage. Until There's Nothing Left of Us is a valiant
effort for this band. With time, touring and further musical guidance
they definitely could make a name for themselves in the alternative