Melbourne’s Toehider have announced that their debut To Hide Her will be released on vinyl for the first time ever, in celebration of its 10th anniversary this year.
Originally released in September 2011, the record followed a mammoth 12 Eps in 12 months from the collaborative project between singer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Mills & graphic designer Andrew Saltmarsh.
Featuring the fan favourite lead single “The Most Popular Girl In School” the record blends 80s Pop, Metal and prog with Mike Mills’ trademark guitar heroics and incredible vocal range.
Listen to “The Most Popular Girl in School” through the YouTube player below:
Other standout tracks such as “Daddy Issues,” “To Hide Her” and “There’s a Ghost in the Lake” expolore a variety of diverse themes including fatherhood, fantasy and relationships. Fittingly, the title track “To Hide Her” is an epic Hard Rock banger with a phat groove. Of course no commentary on the album would be complete without reference to the punk-ode “Everybody Knows Amy” – a tribute to Toehider‘s original live bassist Amy Campbell, beloved by Toehider fans and band alike during her time with the band before moving abroad.
Mike Mills reflects on the release: “To Hide Her, from memory, was an album we did about 6 months after finishing the ‘12 EPS in 12 months’ string of releases. The first side of the album were sonds I’d already been working on, but the second side was approached as another challenge – ‘could I finish 1 song per day?’ Turns out I couldn’t and I think I did 4 songs in about a week instead.
Visually this is still one of my favourite things Salty has ever done and to not do a vinyl release of this with large scale artwork is an injustice!”
The release of the album saw the band kickstart a more active touring schedule, playing shows alongside fellow Australians UNITOPIA, SLEEPMAKESWAVES & TWELVE FOOT NINJA, before eventually going on to tour nationally and internationally with acts such as DEVIN TOWNSEND, THE PROTOMEN, THE BEARDS & CALIGULA’S HORSE.
Toehider have now released 4 full length studio albums and 20 releases overall, as well as running a successful Patreon campaign since 2018, producing monthly content for fans. Since the pandemic halted live music and travel, Toehider have been livestreaming multiple times per week for fans around the world to tune in and enjoy the wealth of material from their catalogue.
“To Hide Her” will be out November 26, 2021 on Bird’s Robe, pre-order the vinyl here: https://toehider.bandcamp.com/album/2011-to-hide-her
1. Oh My God, He’s an IDIOT
2. The Most Popular Girl in School
3. Daddy Issues
4. In This Time
5. To Hide Her
6. There’s a Ghost in the Lake
7. Giants Who Walk With Man
8. Everybody Knows Amy
10. Aren’t They Just Out Playing on the Swing?