The story of Hope & Collins goes back to the last century, all the way back to 1982... a whole other era. First meeting in Sheffield's frenetic jazz/punk band THE BOX, then teaming up to form off-beat acoustic art blues 7 piece THE BONE ORCHESTRA. In the 90's they commenced on a new studio based project, THE IMPOSSIBLE, which transformed into FLEX 13 and spawned several albums.
Their approach has always been individual and uncompromising, combining the multi-instrumentalist and technical talents of Collins with the unconventional spontaneity and vocal dexterity of Hope.
All the incarnations listed above worked to well defined templates but aside of these the pair have still stretched their particular interpretation of composition and sound yet further.
Destroy Before Leaving is one such example, sitting outside of any definite time zone and concentrating on themes of discomfort; domestic violence, betrayal, anger, greed, desperation and fear. The rhythms are heavy and laboured, the undertow of bass frequencies claustrophobic and the top lines penetrating and obscure. Easy listening, it is not. But that can be said for all of Hope & Collins work. Their aim has always been to challenge, distort form, blur distinction and, in so doing, invent.
Their story is far from over. Their will more to come. Expect the unexpected.
Download comes with optional sleeve inserts and printable A4 lyric sheet.
released October 8, 2016
Made by Peter Hope & Charlie Collins in Sheffield.
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