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Hooked Like Helen's rock roots shine on the alt-pop chaos of "Tear This Place Apart"

24 April 2019, 16:00 | Written by Pip Williams

Pairing a classic pop vocal with swathes of of-the-moment sub-bass and skittering hi-hat, Hooked Like Helen deliver a majestic insight into their forthcoming Tragedy Of Physics EP with new single "Tear This Place Apart".

Hooked Like Helen are a husband-and-wife duo who met during a stint in a previous alt-rock project. The impact of their rock roots shines through in "Tear This Place Apart"'s dramatic chorus and rolling drums, providing ample contrast to delicate harp melodies and orchestral string samples. While the pair's dynamic sound certainly leans more pop these days, the irresistable electric guitar that arches over the second chorus can help but remind the listener where Hooked Like Helen originally came from.

"Being married to your musical partner is a gift that we wholeheartedly embrace, but there are times when the dynamic can get a little intense," Hooked Like Helen write of the track. "'Tear This Place Apart' is an artistic reflection of the moments of total chaos between us. We are completely entrenched in each other's creativity and psyches, and there is really no line between life and art for us; this track is the expression of our tension and also the thing that mends us and brings us closer."

"Tear This Place Apart" is set to feature on Hooked Like Helen's forthcoming Tragedy Of Physics EP, due for release 31 May. The EP comprises a total of five tracks, including closer "It Goes On", featuring a vocal from Emily Keener, previously a contestant on US talent show The Voice.

"Tear This Place Apart" is out 26 April via Stipp Manor Music.
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