10 for 2014: #10 – The Hundredth Anniversary

By on Monday, 2nd December 2013 at 11:00 am
 

The Hundredth Anniversary are a Brighton-based four-piece whose female-fronted, gently keening material is for the most part downtempo and ethereal, merging the shoegaze revival and the recent feminist punk of PINS. Intriguingly, according to Song, by Toad they’re allegedly a much more aggressive affair live, which is exactly as it should be. Recent limited-edition (and fully sold-out, we might add) 7″ single ‘The Jump’ is a superb demonstration of just how beautiful a few overdriven guitars and a whole bunch of reverb can sound, particularly when overlaid by the lazy voice of Eleanor Rudge, which hangs cirrus-like over the soundscape.

Their most recent relese, ‘Last Drive’, is somewhat more sombre, with great washes of guitar dominating; it could be an outtake from R.E.M.’s last great album ‘New Adventures In Hi-fi’. But possibly their most accessible track is last year’s ‘Caroline’, their most up-tempo work, with jangly guitars and Rudge’s vocal reminiscent of ‘90s favourites The Cranberries. Indeed, all things considered, there might be a bit revivalism at work here, albeit probably unconsciously. But there’s enough in The Hundredth Anniversary’s small-but-perfectly formed oeuvre to make us optimistic about their potential for great things for 2014, thus their presence here, opening our 10 for 2014 list.

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11:02 am
2nd December 2013

New post: 10 for 2014: #10 – Brighton’s The Hundredth Anniversary @100anniversary with overdriven guitars and reverb http://t.co/v5KQQP8jTr

11:08 am
2nd December 2013

We made it into @tgtf’s ones to watch list for next year, thanks! http://t.co/oGqQm1j8lJ

11:13 am
2nd December 2013

RT @100anniversary: We made it into @tgtf’s ones to watch list for next year, thanks! http://t.co/oGqQm1j8lJ

11:14 am
2nd December 2013

RT @tgtf: New post: 10 for 2014: #10 – Brighton’s The Hundredth Anniversary @100anniversary with overdriven guitars and reverb http://t.co/…

11:58 am
2nd December 2013

RT @100anniversary: We made it into @tgtf’s ones to watch list for next year, thanks! http://t.co/oGqQm1j8lJ

1:53 pm
2nd December 2013

RT @100anniversary: We made it into @tgtf’s ones to watch list for next year, thanks! http://t.co/oGqQm1j8lJ

10:33 pm
2nd December 2013

10 for 2014: #10 – The Hundredth Anniversary http://t.co/vaWo6fflSs via @tgtf

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