Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio, we’ve been listening to Milton Keynes act, Hounds Haul, with their latest single, Under Glacial. Under Glacial is due out today (December 15, 2022).

Under Glacial fades in slowly with distant ghostly, almost choir-like sounds. You can tell in the first 20 seconds or so that this is going to be something deeply creative. Bass and drums join the mix and the snare is to die for!

Within the first minute, we all found ourselves nodding along and thoroughly enjoying the exciting sounds and creativity of the track. This has a real 80s industrial feel to it.

At the start, we’d suggest the vocals sound a little like Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode). However, as the song progresses, we found the lead vocals really came into their own and displayed a great deal more character and power. Towards the end of the track, the passion and depth of the vocal is astounding. The layered vocals are a superb addition and the tight harmonies are an absolute joy to listen to.

This is a song which captivates you from start to finish, despite being 6 minutes long. It feels almost hookless, but there is something about it that enthrals you all the way through. Under Glacial is anthemic and triumphant. The rise and fall in the track is done to perfection and the swelling crescendos constantly build fever-pitch excitement.

We particularly loved the double-time breakdown section with distant guitar on the left. Hounds Haul make fantastic use of space and panning in this track. This section is possibly the hugest build of the whole song and is done to perfection.

Ideas from our ears

The production on this track kept us hooked throughout. To our ears, a small boost in the top 2-3 octaves would increase the brightness but isn’t necessary and sure didn’t affect our enjoyment of the song. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

This is highly creative, 80s-influenced industrial alt-rock. Hounds Haul have way bigger things coming to them than the Craufurd Arms and the Dublin Castle venues mentioned in their press kit. This band have a stadium sound.