The Dropper’s Neck – Nineteen|Sixteen

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To date there has always been a licking of lips in anticipation of any new encounter with The Dropper’s Neck and each time so far they have rewarded with dark rock ’n’ roll which simply infests body and imagination. True to form the UK quintet has done it again with their Nineteen|Sixteen EP, the dirtiest, sludgiest, most aggressively provocative offering from the band yet, an aural proposal perfectly suited to and reflective of its lyrical theme. The EP is inspired by The Great War and takes the listener along with its protagonist into the initial ‘glamour’ and lure of conflict, through its fierce pestilence before leaving them in the stark aftermath which follows. This all comes with the familiar but ever evolving fusion of psych and noise rock, punk and psychobilly brewed by the band, and quite simply it is another ravishing treat from The Dropper’s Neck.

Formed in 2011, The Essex band quickly pricked attention and appetites with early songs and releases but it was debut album Second Coming which lit an acclaiming and hungry spotlight. Drawing on influences such as Gallows, Blood Brothers, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Cancer Bats, Every Time I Die, and Dead Kennedys, band and album unleashed something familiar yet powerfully unique, a distinctiveness which has festered and blossomed through the incendiary single Line Me Up For The Firing Squad and now to stronger depths with Nineteen|Sixteen. The single was certainly a potent teaser for the EP, though in hindsight just one glimpse of the dark throes and adventures now uncaged.

The Dropper's neck Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review   The release opens with the scene setting 57,470, an intro thrusting ears and imagination right into the landscape of rifle fire, thunderous artillery, and fear soaked horses. It’s violently portentous hue leads into King & Country, a sonic bridge to the incoming bruising beats and ravenous riffs entangled in an invitingly spicy groove. Rousing and anthemic, the track is a sign up of ears and emotions as potent as the bait enticing the young men of the narrative. Already though there is a snarl and corrosive edge to the music, expulsions of vocal hostility from Lloyd Mathews aligning with his expected and great monotone laced delivery. Hard rock ‘n roll stirring up air and body, the track is a forceful incitement setting things in compelling motion.

Somme comes next, the rhythmic and anthemic overtones of its predecessor veining its initial coaxing whilst hooks and grooves are soaked in even sharper, almost venomous incitement. Striding with an Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster meets Engerica like warped swing and brawling with a caustic Cancer Bats/KEN mode like ferocity, the latter becoming more intensive in ears as the reality of the horror of war is opened up, the track is little less than deranged bestial contagion.

Its increasing hellacious presence makes way for the even more psychotic Line Me Up For The Firing Squad, the track a maelstrom of rabid sounds, scarring vocals, and blistering viciousness. Within its raw and merciless tempest though, grooves and rhythms create the addictive shuffle of bait and infectiousness renowned from the band, the bass of Jack Turner especially seductive at times within the muddy and humid atmosphere of the unforgiving blaze. Production across the release is raw and very often as cold as the soundscape being explored; an aspect some have offered as a slight flaw but it only adds to and represents the physical effect and filthy ambience of the ground the EP’s context is inspired by.

The thumping beats of drummer Jamie Abela trap and push ears into the scuzzy punk ‘n’ roll of 200 Volts next, the guitars of Chris Blake and George Barrows creating a creative antagonism of defiant riffs and provocative grooves respectively. The predatory spine of the song is a virulent enticing which sends searing flames of sonic fire and expels hardcore spawned vocal hostility from its sobering bait with increasing tenacity and rage. It is an abrasive storm exciting and scarring already bruised and tender senses, no respite coming with the outstanding contagiously toxic and inventively addictive Monster. The track swarms through ears and over the psyche with its rhythmic emprise and sonic nagging, its body as the previous encounter, a garage punk spawned dynamo of bracing angst and violent intoxication, and the best track on the release, though there are so many rivals such as the closing Stutter which rampages straight after. Everything about the song, from jabbing and military seeded beats to erosive riffs, vocal diversity to scything grooves, is sheer inventive and hostile virulence, rock ‘n’ roll to honour the dead and incite the darkness of horrors past.

With a bugle announcing the end of hostilities in hidden track The Eleventh Hour, the Nineteen | Sixteen EP comes to a haunting close leaving thoughts rife and satisfaction full. The release is not a history lesson but certainly it makes a provocative and striking proposal with its pungent theme whilst musically revealing another thrilling exploit from one of the UK’s most exciting bands.

The Nineteen | Sixteen EP is available from 13th July @ https://thedroppersneck.bandcamp.com/album/nineteen-sixteen

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RingMaster 10/07/205

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The Dropper’s Neck – Line Me Up For The Firing Squad

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If you have not yet immersed in the mutated brilliance of Second Coming, the debut album of UK noise provocateurs The Dropper’s Neck, then firstly shame on you and secondly now is the time to immerse into the psychotic flight and sound of the band with their new single Line Me Up For The Firing Squad. Drawing on all the essences which instilled their album as one of the most striking and impressive releases of 2013, the band explores darker corners of their deranged imagination with the new single whilst forging a stronger rapaciously contagious causticity to their startling sound. It is a glorious onslaught of invention from a band evolving from something exceptional into a major player.

Bred from probably the darkest untoward psyches of Essex, The Dropper’s Neck formed in 2011 and soon had fans screaming in lust, and fear no doubt whilst dogs howled and cowered as rats sought out sinking ships, with their emerging irrepressible presence. Forged with inspirations of band such as Gallows and Queens Of The Stone Age as well as Pulled Apart By Horses and Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, their sound swiftly took hold across the south of the UK as their debut EP was unleashed before the exceptional Second Coming sparked a country wide attention from fans and media alike. The album was as mentioned a thrilling slab of sonic and rhythmic devilry, one seemingly cultured by the hybrid stock of Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster and to a lesser degree fellow UK band Engerica. It led to a familiarity to its songs which only added to the potent spicery at play. Now Line Me Up For The Firing Squad shows the quintet of vocalist Lloyd Mathews, guitarists Chris Blake and George Barrows, bassist Jack Turner, and drummer Danny Keene, hatching a more unique and distinct sound to them, a proposition which The Dropper’s Neck are all the more better for.

A hypnotically rabid fury of noise and garage rock with all the antagonistic punk tenacity you could wish for, Line Me Up For The Firing Squad is right away a sonic buzz saw on the senses with a rhythmic punctuation which is as flirtatious as it is intimidating. From its first artillery of beats, the song is sending down cascades of warped grooves and sonic rapacity which swamp the senses. It is barely a few seconds before the squalling vocal grazing of Mathews is adding to the addictive animosity, but that too as the sounds around him, is part ferocity and part tenderising before he unveils a more composed and seductive enticement with a clean delivery which entwines with his abrasive roars.

There is a metal seeded aggression to the guitars and riffs within the song too, and a hardcore spillage across the vocals, their united tempest climbing rabidly all over the imagination. To that mix a predatory garage punk hostility drives the rhythms, though again everything comes with the devilish seduction that the band spawns all their songs from. Like a brawling maelstrom of Melvins, Cancer Bats, Queens of the Stone Age, and we still have to add but to a lesser degree Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, the single is a ravenous and unrelenting furnace of corrosive rock ‘n’ roll enterprise, i.e. quite brilliant.

Line Me Up For The Firing Squad is released for digital download on 11th August through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all other online outlets.

9.5/10

The Dropper’s Neck upcoming UK tour dates:

THURS 14TH AUGUST – DUBLIN CASTLE, LONDON;

FRI 15TH AUGUST – FUEL, CARDIFF;

SAT 16TH AUGUST – SANTIAGO, LEEDS;

SUN 17TH AUGUST – SOUTH SEA LIVE, SHEFFIELD;

MON 18TH AUGUST – OPIUM, EDINBURGH; TUES 19TH AUGUST – BLOC BAR, GLASGOW;

WEDS 20TH AUGUST – RETRO BAR, MANCHESTER;

THURS 21ST AUGUST – LADY LUCK, CANTERBURY;

FRI 22ND AUGUST – FITZHERBERTS, BRIGHTON;

SAT 23RD AUGUST – CHINNERY’S, SOUTHEND.

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RingMaster 09/08/2014

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