Critically acclaimed Cincinnati roots-rock band the Hiders will be celebrating the release of their new CD “Four Letter Town” with a hometown performance at MOTR Pub on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
10 p.m. and midnight
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
Tickets: all shows at MOTR Pub FREE, 21-and-up and well-produced
About the Hiders:
Bill Alletzhauser, five-foot-eight, 36 years old, with shaggy brown hair and hangdog eyes, a slight slouch, and a love for plaid, just made a joke. We’re sitting amid a few scattered instruments and amplifiers in his cold, dark, basement-cum-practice studio, which is gift-wrapped from floor to ceiling in crushed velvet and Christmas lights. One night, The Hiders—Alletzhauser’s tight, slow-burn Americana rock band with male-female vocal leads and soft steel guitar swells—had just finished playing a set at Northside Tavern, when a young woman approached him. “I’d never seen her before,” he recalls, “but she came up to me and said, ‘You guys make me want to kill myself in the best way.’” While Alletzhauser didn’t really proffer a knife, he might have, just to be funny.
“Just kidding,” he says, laughing at his joke. “I know what she meant.”
What she meant, perhaps, was that The Hiders’ songs can grip you like a tractor beam and draw you into the saddest moments of your life. When the band’s steadfast rhythms and anodyne harmonies hit your ears—imagine Zuma-era Neil Young backed up by a budding Neko Case—suddenly, you’re thinking about your mother crying, or a young and innocent you being abandoned. It feels theatrical and epic, like somewhere, across the universe or across the room, a camera is slowly focusing in on the alienated, teenage feeling behind your eyes.