Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Duct Hearts - If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed? 7"


Tracklist:-

1. If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?

I really can't pin down German screamo/hardcore/whatever band Duct Hearts. My first proper introduction to them came in the for of a split 7" with Laube (whose German folk music was very pleasing) and now I'm faced with a 7" featuring a sole eleven-minute song! I'm not complaining because music should always keep you on your toes. This particular piece of alluring wax was released by a slew of labels in mid-2015 (I'll provide links to them all later on in this review).

Duct Hearts approach this 7” from a more atmospheric angle than that of their recent split. If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed? begins with a tuneful yet introspective build-up featuring melodic guitar that lasts nearly two-minutes. Once past that point the volume level rises with the sound of distorted guitars and drums, before fading back down. It’s really enlightening to hear and reminds me a lot of earlier bands like Time Of Malta and Cave In, to some extent. Duct Hearts play melodic indie-like emo that’s pretty radio friendly and accessible. Mid-way through the song there’s a brief moment of silence as the guitar fades out and then in again, presenting a louder and more off-kilter side to the band. The minimal use of vocals during the second half of the song reflects the feeling that Duct Hearts is trying portray and while the quiet/loud dynamics bring excitement and expectation to the fore. This is a bold piece of music from a band that isn’t afraid to defy convention or follow their own hearts. Musically it’s brilliant. Music is in a healthy state, you just need to know where to look. 

You can stream the song below:-



7" copies can be purchased from the releasing labels below -

Stereo Dasein Records (Germany) - http://stereodasein.tictail.com
Ruined Smile Records (Australia) - https://ruinedsmilerecords.bandcamp.com/merch
Zegema Beach Records (USA) - http://www.zegemabeachrecords.com/zegema-beach-releases/
Synalgie Records (Germany) - http://synalgierecords.tictail.com
Time As A Color Records (Germany) - http://timeasacolor.com/shop/

Both Dingleberry Records and Driftwood Records were also involved in the release but I couldn't find a store link for the former and I think the latter had ceased activity.

Duct Hearts Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ducthearts
Dingleberry Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Dingleberry-records-and-distribution
Stereo Dasein Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/StereoDasein/
Ruined Smile Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ruined-smile-records
Zegema Beach Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/zegemabeachrecords/
Synalgie Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Synalgie-Records-362699130823
Time As A Color Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/timeasacolor 

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