Wednesday, September 9, 2015


It’s only just been unveiled this weekend (to coincide with what I believe was their first show) but SWALLOWING’s debut “Songs for the Saved” demo is already one of my favourite listenables this year.

Taking an approach based in repetition and dynamic contrast that has clear roots in the hallowed dirges of early Swans records and maybe Khanate, they’ve pulled off the trick of adapting to that simplistic/brutalist template without sounding like they’re copying either. It’s a tree with surprisingly short branches for the simple reason that many of the bands who do it (Strongboss, Hissing Choir, Bodycop) either flicker out remarkably quickly or immediately find themselves stuck in a box that’s fun to dip into but seemingly impossible to think outside of.

I suspect Swallowing may, in future, be able to escape that trap though provided they actually last longer than a year. This is deceptively simple but I suspect was written and planned out a little more meticulously than you might suspect. Placement is everything here, and when you have two songs that are 12 and 19 minutes respectively and revolve around relatively primitive themes, you really have to be focussed on what you’re doing to prevent tedium setting in. SWALLOWING know what they’re doing. I suspect the name is an attempt to describe what they’re trying to do with the music, envelope you completely. There’s no real “riffs” in the traditional sense, but the bludgeon is easy to get lost in.

So yes, two songs, 31 minutes or thereabouts (the physical copies apparently contain a third track which is a noise loop), 50 copies, and hopefully a bright future. Best thing I’ve heard from the UK in quite some time. Buy/Download and absorb at your earliest convenience.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


Ladies and gentlemen may I have your attention please, for today I present to you the first in a series of guest mixes here on the DH.

Ryan Aircraft  - or Ryan Stoner as his family call him - was someone I first encountered probably via the strange network of like minded folks who would congregate around the old Column of Heaven tumblr page a couple of years ago. A fellow parent, loud music enthusiast, and lover of John Waters, Ryan is the one man army behind the excellent Anthems Of The Undesirable label, a growing concern which is the very definition of the phrase "quality over quantity". He's released a handful of records, all of which are pretty much flawless, from the likes of Godstopper, Nyodene D/Wolves of Heaven, Tendril, Wolfbait and Moutheater. Dude has taste in music almost as impeccable as his choice of shorts, and he's put together this absolutely stellar mix as proof.

Check out the Anthems webpage for regular updates on this gentleman's activities, and while you browse his excellent webstore, stick some headphones in your ears and get your head around this mix of serious heft. Enjoy.