‘The Hearing Aid’ reviews D.N.P & David Duell – The fullest roar I have ever heard

Posted: October 9, 2014 in Reviews
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Whilst The Stones famously celebrated their 19th nervous breakdown in surprisingly chipper fashion this new release from D.N.P (aka Chris Downing, aka Little Chris) and David Duell (ex Bombers / Fade To Sepia) sounds more like the soundtrack to a man’s 119th nervous breakdown with Duell providing the haunting words and vocals and D.N.P the eerie post industrial wasteland atmospherics. Easy listening it ain’t but there’s actually something strangely hypnotic and womblike (albeit a womb pierced by barbed wire and choked up with the stench of cordite) about the work that makes emerging from its embrace both a trauma and a relief. It all reaches its peak…or trough…with the almost unbearably bleak Sunday On Tuesday, Duell surrendering to the “drink and cigarettes I need to function” against a fragile soundtrack pockmarked by an untuned electrical device, echoing the disconnected state of mind it…and many of its companion tracks…so ably seeks to replicate no doubt. Overall an unsettling but rewarding ‘roar-dio’ visceral treat.

Link to review on The Hearing Aid

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