In June this year London rock/electronic duo Deathline returned with new single "Ten Of Clubs" as a statement of intent. After a spell of shows in the US along the East Coast and Midwest they retreated into the studio to pursue a darker and heavier path which led them to recoding new material with Josiah Mazzaschi (whose credits include Smashing Pumpkins/Built to Spill/Rilo Kiley/Deap Valley/William Reid)... "Ten of Clubs" was only the beginning.
The initial visceral blend of dirty electronica, throbbing garage rock and post-punk prowess made the track a swaggering beast, but in "NOVA" they have made a world that offers up a whole lot more.
Instrumental opener "Black Money" struts in like The Stooges meets Morricone; the soundtrack of post-industrial outlaws. Combining sleazy riffs, husky vocals and expansive and grinding programming they cross-over the world of guitar rock and electronica with confidence. The darkly textured mix includes heavy psych, shoegaze and kraut sensibilities that have drawn comparisons to Jesus and Mary Chain, Suicide, Einsturzende Neubauten and The Raveonettes.
"Every Dying Breath" creates a hazy and psychedelic tone, "Warm Leather" is a euphoric and uplifting moment of calm that raises the hairs on the back of your neck and "Don't Waste Your Time" is stripped back blues at its most delicate. But never far away are the crunching riffs as they kick off on "Surrender Monkey", "Sweden v Poland" and "Ten of Clubs" whilst "Nova" sees them drift off into post-rock territory.
"Nova" is a cutting-edge artistic cadillac with an embossed leather dashboard, blue velvet upholstery and post-industrial roaring motor, which will drive you through the forgotten roads of the visceral rock from the late seventies or through the infected city streets at night while searching for suggestive neons and alcohol. Deathline's sound is arrogant, sexy, dark and devastating.
Review by Billyphobia