Listen: DEN – ‘INTO THE ETHER’

Words: James Frostick

DEN has just unleashed a frenzied new track from it’s forthcoming LP, looking into the void and raging against it with fire and fury.

If Sydney’s post-punk outfit DEN’s new track is to be believed, the ether is a realm of cacophonous noise. When thinking about the void, most of us wrestle with the idea of a cold, silent vacuum, but ‘Into The Ether’ plunges us deep into a whirlwind racket after an eerie 30-odd seconds of synth prelude. After that, it’s all manic and panic – orientation is quickly lost, we’re spinning there’s no signs of stopping.

This slice of grim hysteria is laced by intimidatingly staunch lyrics – terse bursts offering purchase in the riotous abyss. Although phrases are lost to me in the dissonance, I catch bits and pieces. The loss of sanctuary, taking one last breath, losing one’s self to the onslaught of anti-matter – it’s forbidding and impenetrable, much like the ether we all hurtle towards. If you like your punk dark and laced with a bit of esoteric meaning, then DEN’s creates the kind of unwavering ballast that’ll suit you perfectly.

‘Into The Ether’ is the first single off DEN’s forthcoming 12″ LP Deep Cell, which will be released through Paradise Daily Records. Catch DEN play in Melbourne on March 30 at The Tote and in Brisbane on March 23 at The Bearded Lady.

Banner image by Spike Vincent. Cover image by Serwah Gyekyewah.