Alcopop! has released some of my favourite music this year; their latest offering is the debut physical release from Brighton chaotic post punks DITZ.
The haunting clunky guitars that open ‘Seeking Arrangement’ make this EP stand out in an instant. The effortless switch between deadpan vocal delivery and a scornful growl push this opening track a lot further than the 1 minute 38 duration suggests possible.
The haunting guitars take an almost mechanical turn within ‘Gayboy’, which flows both in and out of an infectious, rousing chorus. The vocals continue with the laid back snarl as behind, rolling drums and deep bass combine intricately, allowing the guitars to switch between angular distortion and the cleanest pop hooks.
The minute the gang vocals push the chorus further; this track creates a longing for small sweaty rooms or sunny fields and the kind of volume you can feel rushing through your hair.
The combination of rolling, almost tribal drums, and spoken vocal on ‘Total 90’ throws back to the Sub Pop inspired Graffiti Island and Male Bonding before the ferocious crescendo pushes towards the distorted noise of Test Icicles or The Cooper Temple Clause.
The building walls of noise behind the vocal that develops from a quiet chat to a ferocious argument build suspense and create a sound that is as much rooted in the lo-fi garage rock sound as it is in the clever ability to make distorted hooks.
The haunting vocals return to open ‘Role Model’, before out of nowhere, there is a heavy explosion of guitar. The shoegaze-esq feedback screech and bitter vocals are attention-grabbing, but the real star here is the wonky bass. With the development of an almost whispered opening vocal to a guttural howl, there are instant comparisons to Deftones. But somehow, no matter what these vocals are doing, there is always the wry smile of post punk captured.
This EP ends with a cover of Peaches’ iconic ‘Fuck the Pain Away’. Again, the influences are vast, with a vocal that blends The Rapture, LCD Soundsystem, The Stranglers, and Art Brut vocals, with building musicianship, which creates an almost bubble-like feeling. Of course, the bubble has to burst, and as swiftly as this EP started, it ends with a pop.
This is a release that will leave listeners hungry for a full length as soon as possible.
5 Songs is out next Monday, 6th July. Pre-order it here.