Listen: DEN – ‘POLTERGEIST’

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If you are a fan of post-punk from Australia, then you can consider 2014 through to now to be a part of a ‘golden age’. The likes of Gold Class, Nite Fields, Deep Heat and Mere Women (to name just a few) have helped create a sense of energetic enthusiasm in what is typically a downcast and melancholic scene. In my opinion, the proliferation of subterranean sound is due in part to the success of genre juggernauts like Total Control, which opened up the ears of many to more of what is on offer. Though I am yet to hear anything that reaches the intense highs and lows as the songs collated on Typical System, there’s plenty out there to be excited about.

Rice is Nice recently announced the signing of Sydney outfit DEN, simultaneously releasing the band’s latest single ‘Poltergeist’. The track is an immediate jolt of invigorated musicianship that perfectly encapsulates the hollow-yet-vibrant tonality of this generation’s post-punk. Drums are whipped into a rapid flurry, while the ethereal screech of guitars and synths work as aural adrenaline – fuelling the manic progression of the song from beginning to end. Though I enjoy this song immensely, there is a concession that needs to be made in terms of similarities to what has come before. ‘Poltergeist’ has smatterings of Total Control, DIAT and even a bit of New Zealand’s Trust Punks throughout the sonic palette. I don’t necessary see this as a criticism at this stage (give them a few more releases before you pass judgement on originality), I see it as a plus that they’ve got some influences that give me hope for some similarly exhilarating output.

DEN’s debut EP will be out in November, and you can catch the band at the coming shows:

Sunday Sept 4 – KING STREET CRAWL – THE UNION NEWTOWN (SYD)
Tues Sept 6– RICE IS NICE V SPUNK PRE-BIGSOUND PARTY – BLACK BEAR LODGE (BRIS) at 10:30PM
Wed Sept 7 – BIGSOUND – BARBARAS (BRIS) at 4:50PM
Thurs Sept 8 – BIGSOUND OFFICIAL SHOWCASE – EMPIRE HOTEL at 8PM