Butcher Boy - Helping Hands
- Camilla Pia
- 24 August 2011
From strength to strength, without fanfare or fuss
Butcher Boy’s John Blain Hunt has a habit of taking your breath away with words. Three albums into the band’s career, he’s still that brilliant; Helping Hands filled to the brim with the beautifully crafted, poetic storytelling the Glasgow seven-piece are now renowned for. And musically they’ve never been better, as instrumentation and song structure are played with to spellbinding effect throughout – Moog synths and drum machines now nestling alongside sumptuous strings, flute, pianos and shimmering guitars.
This isn’t just experimentation for the sake of it though, creating the perfect indie pop song is still at the heart of what Butcher Boy do. ‘I Am The Butcher’, ‘The Day Our Voices Broke’, ‘Imperial’, ‘Your Cousins And I’ and the title track are just a few of this record’s highlights and are easily among the finest the band have ever penned. From strength to strength, without fanfare or fuss.