Hatcham Social

A sibling bond is at the heart of London quartet Hatcham Social with brothers Toby Kidd and Finn Kidd, respectively on vocals and drums. Alongside guitarist David Claxton and bassist Riley Difford, the group’s latest album Cutting Up The Present Leaks Out The Future sees a promising future being ushered in by these feedback loving, indie pop merchants. M spent 30 seconds with them to find out why they think their music sounds like a broken mirror.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 11 Dec 2013
  • min read
London quartet Hatcham Social have been terrors of the capital’s guitar scene for a few years.

After two early albums – the both well received You Dig the Tunnel, I’ll Hide the Soil and last year’s About Girls  - the New Cross-based group took some time out to work with one-time mentor and reinvented indie guru Tim Burgess. It’s seen some of the group’s members play in Tim’s backing group and sign to his O Genesis label for their forthcoming effort Cutting Up the Present Leaks Out The Future.

Produced by the band themselves, the record captures their beguiling mix of musical magic and emotional confrontation, all wrapped in a memorable melody and the group’s slightly unhinged edge.

The band approached the record by grabbing their tents and camped in a field outside a recording studio in Wales. After five days of intense graft, they left with a finished album. The pace and quality of musical work shows just where their heads are at. M gets to know them better below…

We first started writing music because…
It is just something we have to do I guess. Nobody else makes music exactly how we hear it so it seems worthwhile.

We have been making music since…
For me and Finnigan it’s been since we were kids. One way or another. I remember using two tape machines and recording from one to the other to layer sounds when I was about nine. We grew up with a lot of drifters and musicians around the household.

Our music is…
A broken mirror. Not perfected and not polished. Many parts making many shapes.

You'll like our music if you listen to...
We can only say music that touches us. We in no way claim to be the same as these bands: Spiritualized. The Velvet Underground. Crystal Stilts. Simon and Garfunkle. Thelonius Monk. Yo La Tengo. Charlie Patten. Josef K. Buzzcocks. Spiral Scratch. Phil Spector. T.Rex. Echo and the Bunnymen.

Our favourite venue is…
Venues rely on the people. I enjoyed the Compass in Chester last week.

Music is important because…
It helps us make sense of the world. It makes me want to get up in the morning. It can inspire you to fight for more or grab at a deep spiritual place.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Experiences and the people we love, lust and loath. We have always tried to live in a way that pushes you to find out what you are.

Our dream collaboration would be…
We've often thought it would be great to do something with Wes Anderson as we love the consistency in his films. Or author Brett Easton Ellis.

We have collaborated in some ways with some amazing people; Faris Badwan, Tim Burgess, Charlie Boyer and Douglas Hart. These are very interesting people that we have in one way or another been able to work with over the last few years.

I have just finished working on an album with the singer and songwriter Amy Studt as well. A taster track called Jesus In Your Veins has just been unveiled.

To try us out, listen to my song…
You could have a listen to our new single, Lion With A Laser Gun. Or the track which we put out as a taster before, More Power To Live.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Dreaming. Writing. Painting. Traveling into jungles. Making other music. Reading. Loving. Fucking. Hurting. Arguing. Fighting. Trying. Failing. Winning. Losing. Gambling. Living.

In 10 years time we want to be...
Dreaming. Writing. Painting. Traveling into jungles. Making music. Loving. Reading. Fucking. Hurting. Arguing. Fighting. Trying. Failing. Winning. Losing. Gambling. Living.

Cutting Up The Present Leaks Out The Future is set to be released on 3 February 2014 while the band have also confirmed the following shows:

15 Manchester - Soup Kitchen
16 Glasgow - Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
18 London - The Lexington
19 Bristol - The Louisiana