Photo: Charlotte Patmore
Words: Linn Branson
In the opening seconds of this official new single 'Sense' by Brighton's fast-rising Abattoir Blues, you are not sure where it might be going if you are unfamiliar with the band. Where it goes, soon becomes apparent, as it builds over five glorious and visceral minutes.
Officially their debut single (although it actually follows 'Tell Me' - rated a full 4.5/5 by Little Indie earlier this year), it is as impressive as impressive goes, and there's no getting away from how Harry Waugh's impassioned and striking vocals recall shades of George Mitchell of Eagulls.
Out as a double A-side single (with ’Fading’) on November 4 via Cannibal Hymns, Abattoir Noyes create an intoxicating blend of post-punk and post-hardcore, delivering passion and intensity through social frustrations-channelling lyrics.
Despite the immediacy of ‘Sense’, the lyrics were written by Waugh over the course of two years. Throughout its various incarnations, the lyrics became an expression of the cyclical nature of depression through its various, often contradicting manifestations.
Of the track Harry says: “A fundamental theme of the song is desperately trying to find clarity or rationality and both of those things feeling completely alien”.
Displaying an adept social conscience, the second side to the single ‘Fading’ was written following reactions to the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe. Echoing the disillusionment felt by many in the current climate, Harry says: “The opening lyric “insults are all you’re breathing, lies are your currency” summarises the sense of shame I felt about being British after witnessing how ethnic minorities were being portrayed in the press and by people around me.”
Back in March, we described Abattoir Blues as a band 'to break
through before the year's end'. They're not letting us down.
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Abattoir Blues are currently on tour with Toronto’s Dilly Dally, see remaining dates below.
21 Bristol, The Globe w/ Dilly Dally
22 Scala, London w/ Dilly Dally
02 Arts Loft, Liverpool (Liverpool Music Week) w/ Kagoule
24 Kamio, London (Great Escape First 50),