Photo by Kristen Bayusik

It’s been an exciting year for Brooklyn’s Hull. After testing out a slew of new material this spring in Austin at SXSW, the quintet headed back to its East Coast home territory to finish up the recording of its latest album, Beyond The Lightless Sky. The Mercury Lounge show was held in celebration of the album’s release on The End this week.
 
Hull is a band that allows its music to speak for itself, with minimal between-song banter or instrument changes. The players made the most of their set, giving fans a chance to hear the new album before they could get their hands on copies. At this particular show, the normally five-member band brought in guest vocalists as well as additional electronic samplers, adding even more depth to its already massive sound.
 
Although their songs were heavy and intense, the band members could not have been more gracious or friendly. They milled around the venue before the show, talking to fans and friends, and they thanked the crowd for coming out before even starting their first song. Even metal dudes have manners.
 
Hull will be playing the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival at the TeePee Showcase, Friday, October 21, at Union Pool in Brooklyn.