And We Should Die of That Roar is the name that Swedish singer/songwriter Hardy Hum has given to his current solo project. While he only released his first album under this moniker late last year, the Norrköping native was certainly no stranger to the world of music beforehand. His career has spanned more than twenty years, encompassing a vast assortment of endeavours, including the release of two records and European tours as part of punk ensemble Blockbastards.
Hardy has recently followed his self-titled debut as And We Should Die of That Roar with the incredibly innovative EP, Sense Woven Spells. The four track compilation gets going with the characterful distorted instrumentation of “Hearts Turn to Stone”. This leads into strikingly vigorous vocals which resonate throughout the opening verse. Some rousing percussion joins in just ahead of an usual but fairly enthralling chorus. It’s a raw and coarse composition whose alternative execution is fascinating.
A foreboding riff introduces “Everybody Knows” by emitting an almost ethnic feel before a wild and raucous verse. From here, bracing instrumentation burns along behind a biting melody. There’s a menacing demeanour to the whole thing as it unfolds with a consistently dark and sinister edge and remains extremely expressive for its six and a half minute duration.
The reserved instrumental opening of “Any More” is met with some more vociferous vocals. Pacing forward steadily, it develops a rather riveting rhythm as it cuts through the senses. It all carries a carnivalistic kind of vibe. There’s something quite disaffected about the guitar that commences “Cool with Despair” afterwards. It takes up a mellow and unsettling disposition as it crawls slowly forward, serving as a creepy but intriguing finale.
The genre of Hardy’s work here is difficult to define. His material incorporates elements of many alt-rock subgenres – including but not limited to prog-rock, metal and punk – and throws them all together to craft something very unique and disquieting in a good way. The music showcased on Sense Woven Spells works it way deep into your mind and maintains a presence there long after you’re finished listening.