CD Review: House Vs Hurricane

Published in Drum Media (WA) | 19.07.12 | Issue # 297



18 July, 2012


Between the release of this album and their debut Perspectives, Melbourne’s House Vs Hurricane had quite a drastic setback when it came to their line-up. Shortly after making a name for themselves with their unique sound of post-hardcore that revolved around prominent keys, their keyboard player left the band. Straight up, not finding a replacement means the direction of Crooked Teeth is radically different. Throw in the fact that frontman Chris Dicker departed and was replaced by former Nazarite Vow vocalist Dan Casey and you pretty much have a completely new band.

The shuffle has in no way hindered House Vs Hurricane’s progress though; Crooked Teethkicks off with 40 Deep, the first single set loose off the album, and from there doesn’t once relent. Casey’s vocals hold up well in their new environment and prove a worthy replacement for the aggression and intensity Dicker unleashed on the band’s previous recordings.

What really seals the deal on this LP is the production quality and influence that comes from recording in New Jersey with acclaimed producer/engineer Machine (Bullet For My Valentine, Enter Shikari, The Amity Affliction and many more).

What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger; having pushed through a sea of deal breakers, House Vs Hurricane are proving to be an unstoppable force. Their name appearing on the 2013 Big Day Out poster is proof that they’re weaving their way to a fast-tracked and well-deserved success.

Daniel Cribb