7 March 2022
Who: Post-punk gang from Brighton (UK)
that hit the scene back in 2015
References: Gilla Band, Shame, Metz, Crows, Lice
Debut album: THE GREAT REGRESSION
Released: CD/digital on 4 March 2022, vinyl
on 29th July, all via Alcopop! Records
Order facilities: here
“Themes of insecurity and gender pop up a lot over the course of the album, as well as lots of references to the human body breaking and being harmed in unnatural ways, although there’s no one overarching concept, simply because the songs have come together over such a long period of time. The title is not so much a reference to society going backwards, but more the band’s penchant for childish jokes. “Sitting in a van all day can get silly,” laughs Cal (frontman)”.
More info about this special vinyl edition on Dinked
Louder Than War says: “The Great Regression is about as strong as debut records get. Channelling all of its rage, sarcasm and scorn into a taut, well-honed package it’s both a
brutal assault on the senses and a window into the raw talent and unique worldview that makes Ditz one of the most interesting bands on the current UK punk scene.”
Full review here. Score: 8/10.
Turn Up The Volume: After playing opener Clocks to the max, with its Blitzkrieg grinta, it feels like the band and I are already out of breath as you can hear on the post-explosion outro. I felt wrong, as several KO Killers (Ded Würst / The Warden / I Am Kate Moss and the JAWDROPPING missile closer No Thanks, I’m Full) follow and do your head in. Ditz is a mean manic post-punk machine. The first minutes of the slower pieces (Three / Instinct / Teeth) are misleading, halfway they explode like grenades. No rest for the wicked, no rest for Ditz, no rest for your ears.
Keywords: Frenetic forcefulness, blistering British bluster, fuck Brexit fierceness,
exorcistic vocality, 10 KO killers. One of the best 2022 albums (so far)? You betcha!
Joe Talbot (Idles): “DITZ are the best band in Brighton, if not the world”.
Singles/videos: I Am Kate Moss / Ded Würst / the Warden
– I AM KATE MOSS –
“About the separation between your visual and personal identities,
particularly within the context of masculinity and femininity”.
– DED WÜRST –
“A ferocious mix of Gilla Band, Foals and a lyric bemoaning
the moral quandary of minimum-wage employment.”
– THE WARDEN –
“A song all about being too intense, ironically set to an intense
backing somewhere between Deftones and Mogwai.”
Stream/buy The Great Regression here…
(Ghent, Belgium – 2021 – photo by Turn Up the Volume)