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Inubia 10/06/2006

Artist review

Hedgear from Brazil have left the Samba behind in favour of their well-made guitar based retro Rock.

“It’s always been a classic case of Band On The Run – one day we’re running after cash to hire out studio time, another after inspiration, another after other musicians to help fill in the gaps, and so on and so forth.” (Ussher)

Hedgear aka Ussher (Guitars & Vocals), Diniz (Drums), Carmine (Lead Guitars) aren't what you expect from a typical Brazilian band. They have a Rock and Metal background (Ussher used to be in a band called Abrasion) and their songs are in immaculate English.

Formed in 2001 and fronted by Ussher, whose guitar licks sing along to his dry voice à la Tom Petty, Hedgear have created a well-made, complex retro Rock sound, coupled with honest, direct songwriting, ranging from mellow to heavy. Having already produced and self-released two albums: "Nu Musical Chord Junction (2002), Sagittarius In The Air" (2005), Hedgear are an Indie band, that deserves to be discovered by a larger audience.

"The Milkman doesn't come around no more" and "The last to know" are my two favorites, which Headgear present on their BeSonic page: both deliver a healthy portion of rock (guitar) sounds, a nice retro feel, good songwriting and a humorous wink towards life, carried by Ussher's croaky voice.

Beware listening to the last two songs on their homepage if you're not a fan of Dance and Electro! But really, Headgear have more to offer, than one or the other might think: they added two catchy dance/trance remixes "You're not in the movies" and "Fell down", proving they aren't musically fixed in one direction, but open to reach music fans of various corners.

Best go and check for yourself!

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