Cincinnati Neil Young devotees The Hiders have been making great records since the around the mid-Oughts. Considered to be “bad luck by labels everywhere,” singer/songwriter Bill Alletzhauser (who used to be in the legendary Cincinnati band Ass Ponys from 1995 until 2002) & his mesmerizing harmony singer Beth Harris have been making sweet Americana rock and roll since their 2007 debut album Valentine which also featured sometimes-Hider member Tyler Ramsey. The Hiders new 14 song album, Four Letter Town, continues in much same vein as their previous efforts, but damn it’s good. Of course, the warm tones of Neil Young Harvest-era still exist along with musical references to bands like The Band, the folkier side of early VU and the mid-tempo early days of Jackson Browne (think “I Am Child”). Recorded with John Curley (used to play bass w/ Afghan Whigs) the collection features some absolutely drop dead gorgeous slow-burning love songs and some tunes that even have some swinging, more jazzier musical flourishes. It’s good to have these guys back with a new album. Sort of like going home for an amazing spread of the best comfort food you’ve ever eaten.
Download: Aberdeen – The Hiders