When they reunited in 2016 to mark their 10 year anniversary, Hit Parade performed a charity gig at Dublin’s Workman’s Club, recorded a new song, and filmed an accompanying short film. Now seeing its release, State is delighted to present ‘Shake of Hands (The Heart)’, a cut of substantial 90s indie jangle that leans towards the melodically driven shades of Britpop.
Accompanied by a video shot in black and white (directed by Hit Parade members Conor Purcell and Conor O’Malley, screenplayed by Conor Purcell, and filmed and edited by award winning videographer Daniel Dalton), the audio-visual excursion finds the band members starring in their own urban tale. The setting is contemporary Dublin, and as the song’s plaintive lyrics and Rickenbackers ring out, an intense chess game unfolds, intercut with street shots and religious imagery.
The song itself is indicative of a band well-schooled in the dynamics of arrangement; with a slow-burning crescendo alluded to throughout – the track never outstays its welcome, ebbing and flowing in the catchiest of ways.