DUNES – DUNES EP
- World Loves (A Bastard)
- Love From Below
- Riverside Bruise
John Davies – Guitar/Vocals, Ade Huggins – Bass/Vocals, Nikky Watson – Drums
All songs by DUNES *
*Except ‘Middleman’ written by Dunes and S. Payne
DUNES recorded their debut EP during May 2017 at The Sand Castle in Newcastle with Graham Thompson, who has previously worked with Frankie and the Heartstrings, Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaind, Kubicheck and Jinn.
Since the band started playing live in late 2016 racking up a fair number of gigs in their native Newcastle and further afield. To date they have shared the stage with the bands including Idles, Waheela, Tragedy, TCHOTCHKE, Servers and Cocaine Piss. May 2017 saw the band get their biggest support slot to date when they had the privilege of supporting American Stoner Rock legends Monster Magnet at The Riverside in Newcastle.
To date they have shared the stage with the bands including Idles, Waheela, Tragedy, TCHOTCHKE, Servers and Cocaine Piss.
DUNES have been booked to play at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield and Solfest in Cumbria during the summer and are due to embark on a mini tour late September/early October with Servers, Barrabus and Awooga.
So what about the EP? Are DUNES any good or is it all just hype? The EP opens with the alluring ‘World Loves (a Bastard)’ a heavy laden track lead with seriously distorted guitars and a brilliant driving drum track from Nikky Watson. It’s an opener that immediately grabs the attention. ‘Love From Below’ is seriously QOTSA in fact it wouldn’t be amiss on the ‘Songs For The Deaf’ album. ‘Middleman’ is next, and is for me the standout track of the EP. Ade Huggins gets to shine here as he lays down some really dirty bass playing. The riff is a little bit special too. John Davies delivers a deep guitar sound that would have The Stranglers jealous. Then we get to the message of the song as the we are informed that “They’ll always break you” This introduces the magnificent slide section and guitar solo. This is a well written and hugely developed track….I love it.
Ade Huggins gets to shine here as he lays down some really dirty bass playing.
‘Riverside Bruise’ follows and we are grabbed by the balls as the energy of the playing actually takes us for a ride, and it’s a ride that’s at a galloping pace. The EP ends with the stunning ‘Velvet’ a great track to end on. Some great interplay here as DUNES shows us that they can be tight, as well as raw.
So in order to answer my question (Are DUNES any good or is it all just hype?) I only had to listen to this EP once. Yet I found myself playing it quite a few times and I’m sure there will be many more plays to come. In case you’re wondering, the answer is….They are that good, believe the hype for it is real.
I only had to listen to this EP once. Yet I found myself playing it quite a few times
Band location – Newcastle Upon Tyne England
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