One man band psychedelic punk hero Dez Dare is set to release another disorientating set of fuzzy tunes, with new album ‘Perseus War’ out March 17th

One man band psychedelic punk hero Dez Dare is set to release another disorientating set of fuzzy tunes, with new album ‘Perseus War’ out March 17th

20th February 2023 0 By John Deaux

‘Perseus War’ is the 3rd album by Australian born, UK based artist Dez Dare. Leading on from 2022s ‘Ulysses Trash’, Dez presents 10 songs of dystopian indifference captured over 4 weeks in late 2022. Meant to be a companion EP to the last record, ideas spilled, riffs flowed, Perseus was born.

 

‘Ulysses Trash’ is a call to inaction, embracing the reality of the world around us and the place we have within it. ‘Perseus War’ is the violent struggle that the universe and all within it has to survive. The daily pressure of existence, the beauty in the destruction left by the way and the sweet solace of understanding we have no control.

Dez Dare (aka Darren Smallman of BATTLE WORLDWIDE, Low Transit Industries, Thee Vinyl Creatures, The Sound Platform, Warped) grew up in Geelong, a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia where he became involved in the local punk and rock scene in 1990, playing in a band called Warped, sharing stages with the likes of Bored!, The 5678s, Fugazi, The Dirty Three and the Hard-ons, going on to play in multiple bands spewing out sludgy punk rock, drone riffage and noisy pop abundance. Darren was embedded in the scene, playing music, running labels (founding record label and touring company Low Transit Industries in 1999 working with bands such as The Essex Green, Lilys, Elf Power, Okkervil River, Of Montreal, Black Mountain, Trans Am) before moving to the UK in 2010 where he has operated ever since.

 

“I looked into the void to find solace (freedom to fight, freedom of mind)” is sung out in the opening line of ‘STOP. STOP. STOP. TALKING.’. Regardless of the viewpoint Dez is singing from, this is the underlying sentiment. You can only be truly free with acceptance. Accepting you for who you are, that we all one day will die, that humans are flawed and beautiful, that otters are the best animals. Let go. The void has it covered.

Format: CD/digital/vinyl [pre-sell campaign]

Label: CH!MP

Catalogue #: CH!MP011

Release: 17th March 2023

Pre-order + pre-save: linktr.ee/dezdareriffs

  1. Bozo [2’51”]
  2. Perseus #1985 [3’09”]
  3. Myopic Tropic [2’25”]
  4. Bloodbath-on-HI [2’31”]
  5. A Chimp, A Tricycle, New World Order [5’03”]
  6. I Know Why You Cry at Adam Sandler Films [3’08”]
  7. OUCH! [2’45”]
  8. My Heels + My Toes, My Lies + My Nose [2’52”]
  9. BEACH!   [2’50”]
  10. STOP. STOP. STOP. TALKING. [8’05”]

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