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Riffing the Hinterlands (Tilt)

Slow burning ballads to propulsive groove rock, Hinterland is worth the long wait


[dropcap style=”font-size:100px; color:#992211;”]T[/dropcap]ilt is the project from Fish alumni Steve Vantsis, Robin Boult and Dave Stewart, plus guitarist Paul Humphreys and singer P J Dourley.

The group released an EP Million Dollar Wound way back in 2009, but Hinterland represents their first full-length album.

It begins with the dreamy opening of “Assembly”, electronic atmospherics and an understated vocal slightly reminiscent of 80s Tears for Fears, except instead of breaking out into a big soaring chorus it leads into an instrumental section built around a spiralling guitar figure. “Hinterland”, in contrast, is a barrelling hard rocker with something of The Who in their prime about it.

“Against the Rain” and “Growing Colder” are emotive slow-burning ballads, while “No Superman” and the later “Bloodline” are groove-rockers build around Steve Vantsis’s propulsive bass riffs. “Strontium Burning” has a hook that gets buried in your head. The album ends with the book-end of “Disassembly”, HInterlandthe long dreamy opening echoing the opener before building into a lavish soaring ballad that brings the album to powerful close.

Steve Vantsis has been the main co-writer on Fish’s recent albums, and there are places with a similar feel to those records, especially when it takes the riff and groove driven approach reminiscent of parts of “13th Star”. But P J Dourley is a quite different sort of singer to Fish; his soulful vocals have the occasional hints of Peter Gabriel and Lou Gramm.

This is a record that’s been a long time in the making, but it’s proved worth the wait.

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