Familiarise yourself with the hottest new band in London…distorted reverb, grungy prowess and cynical  lyrics are what makes Dutch Mustard, and in turn their new single Society Is Sick, so captivating. It’s a brooding and scathing piece of dirty powerful grunge music, the London based four piece blending screechy vocals with experimental riffs, layered over intricate and distinctive chord progressions

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Dutch Mustard, by Keira-Anee 

Dutch Mustard are one of London’s most exciting new bands, cultivating a formidable reputation around the UK as a dynamic live presence, their sets known for capturing an energy and force unique to their shows alone; they released their debut single, Weeping Willow, back in March, and new release Society is Sick is the perfect follow up. It’s far more scatty and nasty, a heavy element of recklessness adding an air of 90s vivacity to the single. What Dutch Mustard do so well is they create a unique aura by mixing together an array of different immersive qualities; the bass from Alex and lead guitar from Neyl have an air of meticulous articulacy to them, whilst drummer Arlen and lead singer Sarah-Jayne have a more thrashing sense of aggression; combined into just one single, you feel a wave of fiery passion and angst, as well as a clear understanding of the art and creation that has gone into creating and producing Society Is Sick. Bringing back a feel of 90s grunge, yet nodding their head to a more refreshed and nuanced modernised sound, Dutch Mustard have triumphed with this release. Listen here

Single rating: ★★★★☆

Catch them live for Indie Underground with MUMMY, Scary Lemons, & Priestgate this Thursday 13th at Cafe 1001 on Brick Lane (free entry!)

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Meet FRAMATICS…

Vocals – Mads

Bass – Liam

Lead guitar – Zach

Drums – Adam

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FRAMATICS by Eleanor Freeman

FRAMATICS are quite possibly the most exciting new band on the indie circuit. Currently unsigned and on the brink of debuting their first single, the new four piece create an eclectic blend of synth pop with twists of indie, and sparks of a more deep-rooted rock influence.

I Think You’re Funny is the upcoming single release from FRAMATICS, and it’s blinding; the swirly kaleidoscope the band create eludes a touch of Sophie & The Giants finesse, the breezy lightness of the track still evoking a raw and brooding undertone. Perhaps this is down to the heavily weighted riffs, or in turn the cynical nature of the lyrics. The band have used synth elements smartly, delicately balancing out a more refined synth aura with a fuzzier DIY boldness induced by Zach and Liam. Vocally, Mads flits from light dreamy whispers to more deafening sharper tones, tricking you as a listener as the track grows in prowess. Theresa Jarvis and Sophie Scott would be fine vocal comparisons, the clever drum licks and edgy synth evoking a likeness to Yonaka quite strongly.

I Think You’re Funny, for a debut, is truly special; sonically gripping, and a very catchy piece of well crafted music. On the track, Mads explained;

‘I Think You’re Funny’ originated from a demo Liam had before I’d joined the band. I’d say initially it was more a punk rock/indie kinda thing, but after experimenting with the beat and some sounds collectively in a rehearsal room, it evolved into what it is today. That process took time; plenty of demoing happened and we all experimented with ideas we’d probably have disregarded in previous bands. That open-minded attitude enabled us to achieve the sound we wanted. We recorded and produced it at Liam’s place, all DIY, and we’re pretty fucking proud of it, not gonna lie.

The lyrics to the song are pretty sultry. I wrote them fairly quickly, over the space of a couple of days, and somehow it clicked quite naturally. When I listened to the demo Liam had, I thought of a story in my head about a girl being approached at a night club by a guy who thinks he’s hot stuff, but from the girl’s perspective he’s just kind of a bit desperate. I wanted to make it a subversion of the classic “guy-sings-about-a-sexy-girl-in-the-club” pop song, where the girl is unimpressed by (and more powerful than) the guy who thinks he’s a catch for her.

For me the chorus is kind of a warning to the guy – she is in control, she’s not bait. When girls go on dates with men they’ve never met before or go home with guys from clubs, I think there’s always the fear that you’ve gone home with the wrong person and you could end up hurt. So the girl basically says: “how come you’re not afraid of me, as a stranger? Why am I not powerful to you?”

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