Introducing: Hammydown

HammydownYou might be forgiven for hailing Hammydown (aka Abbie Morin) as the queen of self-deprecation. Her debut Pizzaface EP, released in July this year, is a garage pop record channeling the disillusioned millennial spirit of The Smashing Pumpkins. The music is uncomplicated in its arrangement - a simple three-piece set up with bassist Joshua Speers and drummer Jacob Burnstein - leaving room for her words to punch through. The title track, a particular highlight, rings of someone struggling with their identity: "Stuff myself in a locker, to bask in my disgrace, if only I could see it, my self-drawn pizza face."

Her lyrical inspiration stems from the lens she has placed on her own mundane world of service work and her personal philosophy on the 9 to 5 lifestyle. In particular the complexity inherent in needing to 'put on a show' for the customer, which invariably involves wearing an outward mask not true to herself. How many of us have judged one coffee shop over another for its quality of 'customer service', forgetting that, at the end of the day, these are all living, breathing individuals with their own pressures and emotions? And whether it's delivering pizza or serving coffee, she appears to be incessantly questioning her own life choices and circumstance.

However, delving deeper into the work of the Northampton, MA based songwriter, you find her harnessing this apparent dampening of her creative spirit to actually enhance her music. In her own words: "Exploring the seemingly mundane has actually helped me to discover how complex, and intense our relationships with our jobs really are". There is a certain proud defiance in her ability to find creative shelter in her struggles, reflected in the mild buoyancy of the music itself.

Find out more about Hammydown and listen to "Automatic Sweetheart" below.


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