Hiding Place - What if the Truth Looks Clearer Empty
After hearing this song, you'll have to quash the need for sarcasm should anyone tell you that it was produced by Al Clay, who was also responsible for Feeder and Reef. Same with the band telling you that they're influenced by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Cream. I'm guessing that Ocean Colour Scene have been left off the list for fear of appearing as a straggling entry to Dadrock despite (What If) The Truth Looks Clearer Empty sounding closer to The Riverboat Song than anything offered by Zeppelin.
Despite the list of influences, East Kilbride's Hiding Place just lack the loose mess of blues, rock and folk that made led Zeppelin and Deep Purple so different to those bands who followed in their wake. Whilst Hiding Place close this single with Dark Eyes And Red Tears, an acoustic ballad, it doesn't feel as though Hiding Place care about the song enough to make the listener feel anything for it. Instead, it's there because, well, acoustic ballads are what hard rock bands do.
This is never a great single; instead, everything about it is simply no more than alright. Closer, then, to Ocean Colour Scene than perhaps Hiding Place would like to think.