DITZ – ” The Great Regression “

Posted: September 12, 2022 in MUSIC

Newly discovered Brighton metallic punk misfits Ditz played a bulldozing gig that blew my ears
off. Last March they released their flabbergasting debut LP “The Great Regression“. A contender for album of the year. Their live wall-of-trash-and-crash sound breaks every law about decibels-levels. It’s beyond aural belief, but also scary, earth-shattering, and balls-and-brain-breaking, most
of the time. Don’t you love it when you can feel music really physically as if your body gets electrocuted? I do. It makes me feel much livelier than just being alive.

The demonic guitar duo of Anton Mocock and Jack Looker produce an amount of kick-ass electricity that make roofs/walls of venues tremble. Their non-stop chainsaw riff blasts are very loud. The rhythm section of Sam Evans and Caleb Remnant batters with a bad-ass herculean vehemence. Perfect for an Armageddon type battle of bands.

Ditz are big fans of Fugazi, At The Drive-In, Metz, Flipper, Black Flag and other mean noise machines.

Last but not least there’s the psychotic vox and venue-filling presence of Cal Francis. He doesn’t really sing, he rants. He doesn’t look, he stares. He despises homophobes, I want to be who I am haters. capitalist criminals, and other related scum. He’s the bugaboo in Kate Moss disguise. He’s the perfect she-devil to front this perfect devilish band.

The 10-track album has been a long time coming – the five-piece first came together in Brighton at the end of 2015 and released their debut EP the following year. There have been a few line-up changes along the way, but they have been settled since their breakthrough tracks ‘Gayboy’, ‘Total 90’ and a cover of Peaches’ ‘Fuck The Pain Away’ in 2019, which prompted Joe Talbot from Idles to proclaim “DITZ are the best band in Brighton, if not the world”. Even though the various lockdowns slowed the band’s momentum for a while, they turned the situation to their advantage, using the downtime to fine-tune this incredible debut.

Abrasive but accessible, “The Great Regression” is set to be one of the most important British guitar debuts of 2022. First single ‘Ded Würst’ – a ferocious mix of Gilla Band, Foals and a lyric bemoaning the moral quandary of minimum-wage employment – unsurprisingly became an instant favourite of Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music. Other highlights include ‘The Warden’, a song all about being too intense, ironically set to an intense backing somewhere between Deftones and Mogwai, and ‘I Am Kate Moss’, which, according to singer Cal Francis, is about “the separation between your visual and personal identities, particularly within the context of masculinity and femininity”.

Released March 4th, 2022

 

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