HIRS — or The HIRS Collective, as they’re calling themselves for the purposes of their new record — are loud. They’re loud in a way that catches you off guard upon first listen, no matter how hard you’ve mentally prepared for the force that’s about to hit you. The sheer intensity of their songs makes you need to listen over and over just in case you missed something — and now you can do just that, as HIRS’ new LP, Friends. Lovers. Favorites., is available to stream via NPR Music’s First Listen.
It’s the group’s first full-length record after a steady series of EPs, and they’ve certainly taken the term “full-length” to heart — it’s 20 tracks long. Granted, most of them are of the short, 30 seconds to a minute variety, but that doesn’t lessen their potency in the slightest. HIRS’ message comes through clearly — they’ve devoted their musical purpose to fighting violence agains the queer and trans communities, and on the new record, the unrest that’s spurred their activism is more urgent than ever. Continue reading →