Album Review: The Idol Dead – “Hollow Point Curses”
This is the third album from these Leeds rockers, and time to prove themselves it would seem. While their first two efforts, 2011’s Die On My Feet Or Live On My Knees and 2012’s Dark Little Hearts were both solid efforts, they were kind of lacking a killer punch to make them really stand out from the crowd.
Happy to say that Hollow Point Curses is very much their strongest effort to date, and the one that should solidify their place as mainstays of the 21st century Britrock scene. Kicking in with the pounding Get Your Boots On and the tale of band house squalor that is The Summer That Never Was, it’s an obvious step up and progression from their previous work and all the better for it.
Overall, it’s the usual Britrock template that we’ve come to know and expect from The Idol Dead (check out Bar At The Edge Of Time or Silver Bullet Cocktail for proof) but there’s a few tricks thrown in to keep things interesting, like the way the acoustic intro to Black Eyes And Prose suddenly kicks into a honky tonk piano-led Quireboys-style bar room stomper, or the menacing slow-building anger of Suicide Pack.
Overall, while they’re very much sticking to what they know, there’s no question that with each release The Idol Dead are getting better as both musicians and songwriters. Hollow Point Curses is definitely worth a look.
For those with fond memories of '90s Wildhearts, The Almighty, The Black Spiders etc, Hollow Point Curses comes highly recommended. It's The Idol Dead's strongest effort to date and proof that they're continuing to get better at what they do with every release. Definitely a good start to 2015.