The Skinny: “In the past we’ve always written songs just so we can play them live; this time we decided we wanted to actually write a record,” says Dominic Webber, vocalist of Midlands quintet The Hiding Place, recalling the creative process which came to birth his band’s new release, So This Is Home; “Some of our favourite records are the ones that you put on and listen to from start to finish, and that’s what we want people to do with this EP.”

Offering up a layer cake of ideas, ambition and thumping conviction, So This Is Home is a positively widescreen presentation; brimming with sumptuous melodies and brazen guitar attacks, the quintet – completed by guitarists Jonny Wood and Phil Ward, bassist Dan Colton and drummer Joe Barber – cleverly intersperse their post-hardcore with twinkling moments of downbeat ambience. “We wanted to write something that we felt sounded like ‘us’,” remarks Webber; “Something personal that didn’t feel like it was confined to a particular genre. It feels as though we have drawn a line under our previous releases, as if they were merely us warming up: now we have refined our sound to reach this point.”

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