Friday night saw what could only be described as a return to my roots, back to the Stanley’s Cask, which used to be my local when I lived on the Wirral many moons ago. The band that pulled me back were Hijinx, arguably also part of my past, friends of friends from way back, but a band I had never given the attention they deserved. So, I decided to make them the priority for my weekend’s entertainment.
Hijinx are a rock band. Not Indie, not grunge, not metal, just pure rock. Think Cheap Trick, (who they cover). This is feel good rock and roll. The sound they produce is often heavy on vocals, with Greg Hart Davis harmonising with bass player Ian Carney on a number of the tracks, such as ‘Rock that Feeling’, producing an uplifting wall of sound. Strong guitar and drums provide a structure that carries the vocals well, giving the music energy and momentum.
The band play a mixture of their own music and carefully selected covers, which reflect both their musical taste and the ethos of the band. Some of the best covers were ‘ New York Groove’, with its stomping riff and catchy chorus, which typifies the music Hijinks play as a whole, and the iconic ‘I Want You to Want Me’, played to perfection. Their own material provided no less of a fine rock vibe, with tracks like ‘Big Rock Show’, continuing the melody rock feel of the set. ‘Let Me be Your Summer Time’ was full of classic vocal harmonies with another great chorus. I liked the fact there were no overbearing guitar riffs, just old school rock played by a band who are visibly enjoying the experience.
If you want a night out full of good, energy-filled music that leaves you feeling energised and happy, then Hijinx are the band for you. There is nothing pretentious here, just a band producing tight, harmonious rock music. This music takes you out of yourself without demanding anything in return. If you want an antidote for the autumn blues I suggest you catch the next Hijinx gig. Good honest rock that makes it feel good to be alive.
To find out more about Hijinx visit their Facebook page here