Dealing With Damage – Home Security EP (Little Rocket Records)
Nathan Brown listens to the latest offering of melodic post-hardcore from London’s Dealing With Damage and points to Washington DC as a clear influence.
This is pretty much a seamless continuation from the Dealing With Damage album Ask The Questions. Melodic post hardcore for fans of Soulside, Dag Nasty and indie-guitar – see my previous review. Not something I’ll actively pursue myself but some folks I know will be REALLY excited about this.
Lady Day is, no surprise, a tune inspired by that Dischord Revolution Summer/emo sound (before emo became a dirty word!). Bass and guitar melodies interweave over a solid drum pattern with an occasional bit of chug. Immediately took me to the compartment of my brain reserved for the Believe single that Looney Tunes released by HDQ (Dickie Hammond’s pre-Leatherface band).
Making Plans For Misery juxtaposes the con tricks practiced by the all pervading tentacles of capitalism and modern day imperialism/warfare practiced by the West in their quest for oil. “Level the playing field. Then the hospital. Take out the schools too; it’s only practical. Steal what’s in the ground, yeah they ship it out. Can you see it yet? See what it’s all about?” This one also has a little of The Ruts in the way the rhythm section works and guitar twangs. Towards the end of the song the tune subsides then builds back up and there is a clear nod to Fugazi. I know it’s lazy, but I’ve said. Can’t take it back now, can I?
The final track is a cover of Dust by 13th Floor Elevators (RIP Roki Erickson). With some fiddle and acoustic guitar it certainly differs from the other tracks. I don’t know the original so will make no comparisons.
Available from Little Rocket Records on bandcamp.
Words by Nathan Brown. More from Nathan can be found over at his Louder Than War Author Archive.