P.H.F. released their latest album, New Metal in early October via Dangerous Collective Records. In the lead-up they released videos for a few of the tracks which were all aesthetically cohesive with each other, as you do. Now, as it turns out, those videos were all part of the New Metal visual album, just freshly released. Watch it here:
Speaking about New Metal, P.H.F. driving force Joe Locke says, “I think this is the most complex and ‘mature’ album maybe, it feels like a good combination of all the sounds or phases I have gone through musically, so it's a good summation of the music I like to make.” For more detail about the album, check out Locke's discussion on bFM's Long Player with Jess Fu, here.
They were due to play Whammy Backroom last Friday with Amamelia, Power Nap and Memory Foam but alas, due to Auckland CBD's Covid-19 scare, were forced to postpone until January 15th. There were not many tickets left for the Friday show, so make sure you don't miss out this time! You can get your tickets via UTR.
Press Release for New Metal
Locke and company have turned a corner yet again on P.H.F.’s highly anticipated new LP, New Metal. “I think this is the most complex and ‘mature’ album maybe,” Locke details. “It feels like a good combination of all the sounds or phases I have gone through musically, so it's a good summation of the music I like to make.” New Metal, which bears a name Locke chose as an obvious nod to the early ‘00s genre which was hugely influential to him growing up, is a 16 track juggernaut—likely P.H.F.’s most ambitious feat to date. On album ten P.H.F. masters the loud-quiet-loud dynamic with an even balance of heavy and delicate instrumentation, beneath Locke’s tender delivery of some his most thoughtful lyrics yet. Locke sings with the wisdom and agony of a legacy songwriter, detailing his struggle with mental health and modern banality. For New Metal, Locke’s gritty home recordings are souped-up by engineer & co-producer Nick Noneman and live drummer Nich Santana. P.H.F. breathes new life into the rotting corpse of alternative guitar music, with Locke’s masterful incorporation of harmonic dissonance, infectious breakdowns, and atmospheric production.