Hannah’s Little Sister Crank Up The Junk-Pop Mayhem On ‘Bin Mouth’
“Gloriously grimy” – The Guardian
“Naggingly contagious… barbed riffs and delicious melody” – Clash
“A striking sound that bites with its explosive energy and acutely honest lyricism” – The Line of Best Fit
Ramshackle Liverpool quartet Hannah’s Little Sister spring into life on riotous new single Bin Mouth, an invigorating slice of their self-styled ‘junk pop’ – or as they put it more eloquently: “A bombastic racket for those who like to smack it”.
The four-piece ooze a sort of sleaze-glam hysteria that holds fans in rapture. Whip smart with a precarious day-before-deadline-disorder, they channel a wistful brand of romanticised squalor. On the surface, the songs jolt with all the juiced voltage of a boisterous school trip, but when the light catches, glassy shimmers of deeply personal experience and social commentary glance the ear.
This is evidenced on ‘Bin Mouth’, a vibrant cut with all the street-smarts and scuzz-punk of Los Campesinos!, Martha or Johnny Foreigner. In less than 3 minutes the bullshit pomposity of others is taken apart over a coiled spring of distortion and chant-along keyboards. As lead-vocalist Meg Grooters elaborates:
“I suppose like a lot of our songs, Bin Mouth is a rant in song form. It’s a song about people who like to chat a lot of rubbish, when really they should just maybe zip it. I wrote it from the frustration of being in the firing line from a lot of gossip and nonsense spewing – but everyone knows a Bin Mouth, and probably everyone has been a bit of Bin Mouth too. It’s about the litterbugs and chattermugs!”
Whilst the dress up couture, sketchball storylines and freakadelic press shots exudes fun, the band themselves also view it as a way of sending up the music industry; inflated with self-importance, obsessing over flawlessness. A slapdash, DIY ethic sits at the heart of everything they do:
“A lot of what’s kept in the track is just us messing around on the mic (hence all the laughs and sniggers and weird noises). This song is one big laugh and there would have been no other right way to record it than us doing just that for the takes. Even the German line that Nina sings ‘Wofür bist du ein Müllmund für?’ is technically a bit of German nonsense – there was no right translation, so we forced Nina to betray her native language and sing it anyways.”
This sound was aided in achievement by rising producer Saam Jafarzadeh, also responsible for helping to build the transportive sonic worlds of fellow Merseysiders Her’s and Brad Stank.
The band originally started turning heads with debut single ‘20’ – a fizzing shock from the blue that earned them champions at The Guardian, The Line of Best Fit and Clash Magazine. A sort of LoFi gap year took place after that, the group taking time to hone their sound and anarchic stage show, up to the point that the unique power of controlled chaos is but a finger click away.