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Brew // DTTR Split 10 by Various Artists

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Reviewed on 1st April 2011.


Brew // DTTR Split 10

By Various Artists

Brew have certainly demonstrated a keen eye for finding 'the next big thing'; at least as far as innovative new Yorkshire bands go. The label's been bringing some serious talent on board, with bands such as Hawk Eyes (formerly Chickenhawk), These Monsters and Kong demonstrating just how much the North has to offer. Dance to the Radio are another long time promoter of Leeds acts, with an impressive roster sporting the likes of ˇForward Russia!, The Pigeon Detectives and iLIKETRAiNS. So what would happen if these formidable forces of Northern music were to collaborate on a joint release? We're about to find out.

On Saturday the 16th of April (Record Store Day), DTTR and Brew are due to release a limited run 10" split vinyl. The record will feature four of the region's most exciting new bands: Dolphins, Blacklisters, Castrovalva and Hawk Eyes.

The compilation opens with Dolphins' track 'Escape'; a suitably noisy and rhythmically enticing intro to a devastatingly artistic collection of tracks. Their particular brand of noise rock is not for the faint hearted, but if you've got the cojones to handle this, then you're guaranteed to love the following three tracks.

Blacklisters are the next in line for the sonic beatdown; with tortuous screams and brutal riffs aplenty. With hints of Glassjaw and Deftones, this is a hardcore act that throw all the right punches. Their track, 'ClubFoot by Kasabian', continuously cycles between riffs and breaks; exhibiting an artful dynamic that sews the track together with a kind of brilliant elegance that's become all too rare in the days of talentless skinny indie kids.

Track three was definitely a personal favourite; with Castrovalva's 'hop-rock' exemplifying what intelligently fused musical styles can yield. 'Senorita' is arguably the most melodically rich and musically diverse piece on the record; containing vocal hooks and dynamic qualities somewhat reminiscent of the tamer side of Dillinger Escape Plan. Although not the heaviest track on the record, it's perhaps the most energetic - a quality well complimented by the superbly charismatic vocals of Leemun Smith. This fusion of styles and dynamism ensure that this track'll stick in your head, begging to be stuck on repeat.

Concluding the sonic carnage are Hawk Eyes, with their first release since the name change from Chickenhawk. Following the carnal offerings of Modern Bodies, 'Yes, Have Some' is yet another dissonant, testosterone fuelled display of musicianship. This is the most savage offering of the compilation - which, believe me, is saying something - and as such provides a suitably intense finale. The boys are once again doing their thing; blending furious riffs with ghostly lead lines and storming hooks. If this is a taste of things to come, then it's certain that their followers are going to appeased, as this should satiate the sonic bloodlust of even the most brutal fan.

The Brew/DTTR split release will be available as vinyl and digital download from April 16th. There will be a launch show on Friday 22nd April at The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds where all the bands will be performing. Pre-order/ticket combos for the event can be ordered directly from the Brew / DTTR online shops.



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Hawk Eyes

Avant-garde prog ideals and chaotic, balls out, rock and metal