French bruisers Haut&Court set to make waves
The Monolithic inbox is a bit hit and miss sometimes, but it’s nice when a bit of a gem is thrown up. Enter Haut&Court. I’ve actually been sitting on this one for a bit too long, but hopefully they’ll forgive me my tardiness.
Haut&Court. (or Haut et Court) are a band from the eastern French city of Strasbourg. They’ve been going less than a year, but have already begun to craft a monumental sound for themselves. The name translates to “high and short”, which is obviously an allusion to hanging, and come across as something of an anarchist band – as many of their genre are. That’s not a generalisation to pigeonhole the group, more more an indication of what territory you’re getting into here.
Describing themselves as “auditive rape”, this blackened mathcrust band have dug right into a vein of violence and mean riffery rooted in hardcore, grindcore, and whatever other mean-sounding core you can think of. Their debut La Vie (“life”) was released in October last year – an impressive four months since their inception. It’s clear these French bruisers know what they’re doing, however. It may be short – clocking at just over eleven minutes – but it’s a perfect, concise introduction to their sound.
Haut&Court. – La Vie
01. Let It Burst
03. This Genesis
06. Wasted Time For Wasted Minds
There’s a video for the record’s closing track “Wasted Time For Wasted Minds“, a brash tune with a psychedelic, grainy feel to the visuals:
The band have been playing shows across Europe from what we can tell, with a rather topical show tonight at La Cantine in Paris supporting The Dali Thundering Concept (mathcore/djent) with Anna Sage (hardcore), which I would advise any of our Parisian bretheren to check out of if you have a free evening.
If you like what you hear, you can get the release for as much as you think it is worth over at Bandcamp: