Accompanying the news of a 14-date UK Headline tour next spring, Hutch announce debut EP ‘Smile and Wave’ – out 23rd February 2024 – and share chilled new cut ‘Ice On the Lake’. With chugging, bustling rhythms blurred out by rapturous slowtime breakdowns – ones that glisten with angelic harmonies and time-shattering riffs (and references to British actor Hugh Laurie) – ‘Ice on the Lake’ draws inspiration from a real-life failed attempt to ‘break the ice’ while on tour in Bedford, as the band themselves explain.”Written about a journey Hutch took to a frozen lake last winter, the song reflects the intrigue and wonder of a captivating snowy scene. In a way it appeals to the childlike excitement of the snow and seeing a place you’re quite used to, being temporarily changed.”Pledging their escape from the mundane via the sweets of Australian neo -psychedelia and 80s jangle-pop, debut EP Smile and Wave is suffuse with child-like whimsy – snails, rainbows, wintry lakes and radiator shops rank high among the band’s subject matters of choice. Second EP teaser ‘Ice on the Lake’ aptly provides the wintry follow-up to the summery heights of recent single ‘The Bow’.
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