Hail Social, Hail Social

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Those of you/us who dig the Killers because they sound like the Cars but dislike the showroom posturing and hyperactive libido would do well to give Hail Social a shot. The Philadelphia band's eponymous debut employs the now-familiar neo-wave tropes (hi-hat thwacks, popping bass lines, arrhythmic guitar strums, campy vocals), but in a manner that's less cocksure and more earnest, as if they know they're trying too hard and they don't mind if you know it either. Though this would seem to doom them before they even play a note, there's a charm to Hail Social that's difficult to pin down and harder still to dismiss. "Get in the Car" is the funkiest of the bunch, and if you dig that cut, the rest is for you, too.