Clara Bullock
Clara Bullock

Freelance journalist based in Bristol. Loves hardcore, her heated blanket, and pasta.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Alt-punk group dust’s debut EP et cetera, etc is a collage-like introduction to their sound, and it’s succeeded in making me hungry for more of them. Every track showcases a slightly different facet of the group’s songwriting abilities, from hard guitar riffs to moody and dark interludes. They do all have one thing in common: they make the listener want to immediately book a show and mosh to them. 

The Gutter‘ is a high-energy punk track full of shouty lyrics and distorted guitars, criticising existing social structures and class systems. It is a classic punk track, one to shout along to, and I find myself letting my frustrations out to the track’s beat. ‘Ward 52‘ is heavy on the drums and features a bass line that has potential to stay stuck in the listener’s head for days. 

The EP’s high-energy punk beats all come to a head on ‘False Narrative‘, which seems to hide a classic heartbreak story behind broad observations. “Let me follow the others”, Gabriel sings in the chorus, then becomes more vulnerable in the verse: “we are polar opposites”, he sings.

In the following track ‘Joy (Guilt)’, dust look deeper: “the key to love is happiness, and happiness is solely found within yourself”.

“I wanna be sad and I wanna be sad with you” another lyric goes, and that’s how I feel about the EP: it’s a companion for my sadness and anger, an outlet for my emotions. It’s a great showcase of dust’s talent – I look forward to seeing what they do next.

‘et cetera, etc’ is out now via Kanine Records.

Listen to the EP here:

Catch dust at the following:

Green Door Store, Brighton – 1st April
Muziekodroom Club, Hasselt – 3rd April
Rotown, Rotterdam – 4th April
Muziekgieterij, Maastricht – 5th April
Paradiso, Amsterdam – 6th April
Molotow, Hamburg – 7th April
Badehaus, Berlin – 8th April
Rock Cafe, Prague – 10th April
Ampere, Munich – 13th April
Yard Club, Cologne – 14th April
Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes – 17th April
Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham – 18th April
Yellow Arch, Sheffield – 19th April
Cluny 2, Newcastle – 20th April
King Tuts, Glasgow – 21st April
Band On The Wall, Manchester – 22nd April
Bodega, Nottingham – 24th April
Voodoo Daddy’s, Norwich – 25th April
Joiners, Southampton – 26th April
The Fleece, Bristol – 27th April
Lafayette, London – 28th April

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