‘When Did Your Last Rose Die?’ is an ambitious, commanding and keenly intelligent track. Above all else, it’s a bold statement of intent from a band who are only just preparing for their first headline show and the release of their debut EP.
As a riposte to the classic love ballad, Emerson’s howled words chart a charged episode of despair, as “young, boundless lust” eventually segues into “middle-aged hatred”.
It’s all very cathartic, which is a feeling not lost on their sound, bearing as it does a strikingly atmospheric and overwrought character. In a similar way to Manchester contemporaries Wu Lyf, Hartheim transfix the listener with the unceasing apprehension of frenzied explosions of pent-up frustration.
Ultimately, on this evidence, Hartheim are a band who clearly take themselves seriously; it’s about time we do the same.
Words by Chris Haywood
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