South Carolina’s Hundredth recently announced their daring new full length, ‘RARE’, due out June 16th from Hopeless Records. The band has now revealed ‘Youth’, a driving blast of uniquely kinetic shoegaze that showcases Hundredth‘s new direction.
Feeling creatively unfulfilled within the stylistic and social confines of hardcore, Hundredth found themselves at an impasse. Rather than hang it up, the band took on the challenge of making a bold change. The result is ‘RARE’, an album that Stereogum aptly says, “barely even alludes to hardcore, at least superficially; this is a shoegaze album from beginning to end. And it’s a really good shoegaze album. It’s impeccably crafted and unusually confident.”
‘Youth’ is a perfect example of ‘RARE”s unique blend of classic shoegaze influences meeting Hundredth‘s innate heaviness. Lush but dense guitars swirl around vocalist Chadwick Johnson‘s newfound melodic voice while crisp drums propel the track with an immediacy not often heard in music this atmospheric.
Change is perhaps the biggest challenge a band can face. Everyone loves the out-of-nowhere debut or is impressed when a band avoids the sophomore slump, but when real longevity is achieved musicians often find themselves feeling less and less like the people they were on their early records. For some bands this impending need for change is insurmountable. Hundredth is not one of those bands.
With the release of their third full-length, 2015’s vitriolic tour de force, ‘Free’, Hundredth had finally accomplished all that they could within the relatively restrictive boundaries of hardcore music. They’d given all they possibly could to the genre and were beginning to feel creatively stifled. Completely disinterested and disenchanted by the constrictive walls of their own sound and scene, Hundredth was faced with a self-imposed ultimatum: evolve or cease to be a band. Never ones to shy away from risk, the band dove headfirst into re-inventing themselves.
The result is Hundredth’s fourth full-length ‘RARE’ — an album that contains very little remnants of what came before but preserves the band’s forward-thinking spirit. These 12 tracks reveal the sound of a fearless band exploring new territory, revitalising their creativity, and propelling themselves into a thrilling future.
Shedding their past and all of its restrictions left Hundredth with the freedom to create the music they’d always wanted. Leaning heavily into their love of shoegaze, dream pop, and post-punk, the band combined lush anglophile influences with their innate heaviness and energy, creating an album that seamlessly ebbs and flows between aggression and beauty. Dense walls of rolling distortion collide with crisp drums or melt into subdued atmospherics, all while vocalist Chadwick Johnson’s reverb-drenched vocals float over top, more dynamic and cathartic than his past screams. Even Johnson’s lyrics seem to follow more esoteric paths, touching on reclusion and a desire to escape, nodding to the creative and social isolation felt within the band’s now past life.
Some may question Hundredth’s decision to evolve. Why fix what wasn’t broken? Why put everything they’ve built on the line? Why leave behind the sound that got them this far? These kinds of questions quickly become irrelevant when one listens to ‘RARE’. Hundredth’s desire to truly follow their own path led to a sound that is all theirs, with ‘RARE’ standing independently as a distinct melding of influence, instinct, and the desire to push boundaries that have fueled the band from day one. This isn’t a new band; this is passionate, this is heavy, this is dark, vulnerable, volatile, and beautiful. This is Hundredth.
06/16 Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field North Lot *
06/17 Salem, OR @ Oregon State Fairgrounds *
06/21 Albuquerque, NM @ Balloon Fiesta Park *
06/22 Phoenix, AZ @ Fear Farm Festival Grounds *
06/23 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel *
06/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark *
06/25 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center *
06/27 Nashville, TN @ The Fairgrounds Nashville *
06/28 Metaire, LA @ The Shrine On Airline *
06/29 Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre *
06/30 Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field *
07/01 St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park *
07/02 West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre *
07/04 Wilmington, NC @ Legion Stadium *
07/06 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte *
07/07 Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion *
07/08 Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health At Jones Beach Theater *
07/09 Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre *
07/10 Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion At Montage Mountain *
07/11 Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater *
07/12 Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center *
07/13 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC *
07/14 Burgettstown, PA @ Keybank Pavilion *
07/15 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center *
07/16 Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
07/18 Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center *
07/19 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center *
07/20 Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center *
07/21 Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills *
07/22 Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *
07/23 Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park *
07/24 Milwaukee, WI @ Henry Maier Festival Park *
07/26 Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
07/27 Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater *
07/28 Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion *
07/29 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *
07/30 Houston, TX @ NRG Park *
08/01 Las Cruces, NM @ New Mexico State University Intramural Field *
08/04 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre *
08/05 San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium *
08/06 Pomona, CA @ Fairplex Pomona *
* Vans Warped Tour
Physical and digital preorders for ‘RARE’ are available now. Hundredth will be supporting ‘RARE’ all summer long on Warped Tour with more tour dates to be announced soon. ‘RARE’ is due out June 16th via Hopeless Records.