is an interpretation of classical music through the medium of vocals, guitar and drums. Taking inspiration from the classical works of Arvo Part, Ludovico Einaudi and Steve Reich fused with the garage rock of Forget Cassettes, and Des Ark.
On the debut double album Cardinal Sins / Contrary Virtues, Hymns create a unique, yet timeless sound. These beautiful, but perfectly serious, joyless songs of Apocalypse rely on the vocals of the Sam who screams as convincingly and genuinely as anyone. At the core lyrical concept is atheism, reinterpreting classical standards, through the filter of post-punk and Nick Cave. Big guitars with intricate drums and a vocal line that's far from priest like. This album is delivered with enough vitriol to fuel a thousand Death Metal acts.
Live is where Hymns excel, rigging the guitar through two guitar amps and a bass amp. They slip between bold and brittle, brash and delicate with precision and conviction putting most bands of more conventional member numbers to shame.
BSM at the festivals 23rd April 2012 We're going to be popping up at a number of festivals this summer, starting with a merch stall at Groezrock in Belgium this weekend, so be sure to come and say hi if you're there. Below you'll find info on a few more we'll be seeing you at...
Hymns album pre-order 10th November 2011 The debut, double (2CD) album from Hymns is now available to pre-order from our webstore, including t-shirt and DVD bundles.
An update and a half 11th August 2011 It's been pretty chaotic here lately and only going to get worse, so whilst I have a few moments free I thought I'd post a little update on what's going on with us and our bands...
Hymns unveil 'A Punch To The Temple' video 8th July 2011 Hymns unveiled their new video yesterday for recent digital single, 'A Punch To The Temple'. The boys play a bunch of shows this month with Shoes And Socks Off before releasing a live DVD, 'Revelations', next month.
Pink Mist 12 4th April 2011 We're excited to unveil the lineup for our Pink Mist launch party on Saturday 16th April at Rota (Notting Hill Arts Club) in London. It's free entry for all from 3 - 8pm and the lineup is...
Stream †Hymns† 28th February 2011 You can now stream both tracks from †Hymns† debut single and check out the lovely promo packaging at Blog Scary Monsters. We'll soon be announcing more info regarding their album, due out this summer, as well as new tour dates.
Tour, tour, tour 26th January 2011 The start of the year is always a busy time on the touring calendar and 2011 is doing itself proud so far. Here's a quick catch up of what we have in store...
†Hymns† 24th January 2011 We're delighted to announce the signing of †Hymns†. The duo will release their debut digital single, 'A Punch To The Temple' via BSM/Function Records on 28th Feb, with the tracks also available free with an exclusive †Hymns† t-shirt, which will be available to pre-order soon.