Hundredth have teamed with Stereogum to premiere “Whatever” the first taste of brand new music since their 2017 full-length, RARE, propelled the band into a bold new direction. RARE was a sonic rebirth that allowed Hundredth to fully move past their roots in aggressive music and evolve into a kind of vibrant shoegaze and driving alternative that felt both organic and daring all at once–exciting longtime fans and critics alike, and even landing on Stereogum’s Best Albums of 2017. In true Hundredth fashion, “Whatever”continues to push the boundaries of their sound. All traces of heaviness are gone, replaced by dreamy synths, reverb-laden guitar leads, and the band’s most overtly hooky chorus to date, led by frontman Chadwick Johnson’s ethereal vocals.
Stereogum praised the track saying, “The behemoth guitars of RARE have been moved to the back burner as the song stylistically pulls from the greats of new wave, e.g., the Cure and New Order. Befitting its influences, the song’s hook is beyond catchy, managing to land with absolute grace in the echo-drenched, reverb-soaked space.”
RARE redefined what Hundredth could be, and now “Whatever” proves that the band aren’t done evolving yet. The track is the first in a series of singles Hundredth will be releasing this year and it perfectly encapsulates their next chapter. Johnson sings about the desire to be completely free of boxes and expectations, while the music effortlessly combines the grandeur of classic post-punk and new wave (New Order, The Cure, The Chameleons) with the effervescence of modern synth-pop and dream-pop (Future Islands, Beach House). “Whatever” is now available to stream and purchase, with more new music on the way soon.
In addition to the release of their new single, Hundredth will also be playing their first show since the RARE touring cycle, performing at Governor’s Ball on May 31st.