A taster for whats to come...Death Masks are a band based in the North west of England. Death Masks give us a sound that brings to mind the wonderful indie of the late 80/early 90s. Touches of shoegaze that shimmer through lush scratchy guitar hooks and vocals that you cant help but wish you could sing a long with immediately.
We will be releasing new DEATH MASKS material as part of a split CD with Liverpool's Tear Talk 2013. This will be Edils Recordings third split CD release and undoubtedly the most important release to date for us.
released 30 October 2012
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They don’t mess around those Death Masks guys. Press play and you are immediately thrown straight in to a world of 80′s and 90′s grassroot shoegaze. They don’t even give you a chance to breathe! When I came across their Bandcamp, I did the obvious and clicked that weird little triangle that points alluringly to the right and was actually quite surprised (as the cliche goes). I was back living a former life, driving my Austen Metro to Brighton, smoking my cigarettes outside the boardwalk cafe and brushing down my weird beige duffel coat as those slightly trashy but ‘you kinda would’ girls walked by. At least that’s how they make me feel. They have a distinct sound of Joy Division but my mind keeps dragging me over to a more Quadrophenia inspired world. It’s disorientating but it’s nice!
But who the hell are these fellas anyway and why are they getting a feature? Well Death Masks are the latest group of chaps to be taken under the caressing wings of edils Recordings. Recognise the name? edils are the guys who brought you many local familiarities (So Sexual to name but one of lots and lots) and I am assured that big things will be happening with the Death Mask boys. Not that I need to be assured. Word on the street is edils and Death Masks will be putting all their effort in to a big 2013 launch of a split CD with the hotly tipped and ManGoneBlog favourites, Tear Talk.
Their track, ‘Gather Your Thoughts’, particularly stands out on their self titled 3 track ‘album’ as a real retro feel good song. However, despite the nostalgia, there is a sneaky essence of The Vaccines lurking. They have that kind of new wave aural aroma that is currently rife in the hearts of British youth. Well worth a listen and well worth a ‘like’ (links below).
Just remember you heard them here first!
North west boys Death Masks present us with a sound of evident maturity. With vocals and musical atmospherics that call to mind groups like Joy Division. This three track EP has been made available by EDiLS Recordings, who are supplying the band with a sizeable promotional push.
…and for good reason. What Death Masks offer is something rather different; a more measured sound tempered by music that is both soft and yet insistent. It’s almost as if they want to lull you into a false sense of security. ‘Stares’ is the standout track here. As its military beat and swirling organ dabs slide into something fuller and richer still, there’s an undeniable sense of a band who know how to straddle the fine between the heartfelt and the theatrical. With a few UK dates in the off and plans for participation in an EDiLS 2013 split release, it seems that Death Masks aren’t here to cover up, but instead to be revealed.