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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
You’ll have to forgive the three members of Hammer No More the Fingers if they don’t seem surprised by the success of their North Carolina peers. Growing up in the 1990s in Durham, North Carolina, childhood friends Joe Hall, Jeff Stickley, and Duncan Webster witnessed firsthand the rise of a diverse swath of North Carolina bands onto the national stage. Superchunk, Whiskeytown, Archers of Loaf, Polvo, Corrosion of Conformity and other stalwarts each worked their way from the triangle that is Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill into the national’s college rock consciousness. Not long after, the trio began honing their own brand of pure, powerful indie rock that's both cathartic and catchy. Rich soil, they say, yields a bountiful crop for many years.
Drawing inspiration from generations past and present, Hammer No More The Fingers wrote their second LP, Black Shark, while playing over two hundred dates over the past two years in support of their debut LP, Looking For Bruce. Again working with acclaimed producer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) Hammer effortlessly mixes precise instrumental sparring with buoyant choruses and beautiful harmonies on Black Shark, their most mature and developed work to date, while retaining the youthful quirks and charm that they’ve had since they were youngsters playing in the soil. Bryan Reed of the Columbia Free Times says Black Shark “boasts a smoother, more spacious and more arena-ready sound than its predecessors. It’s loaded with whip-smart hooks, the best melodic phrasings the band has yet put to tape.” Like the region, these young men are still growing, and have much more to say.