dust - 'The Gutter'

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Threading moments of frustration, introspection and catharsis through wickedly arranged post-punk sounds, Newcastle’s dust have been taking strides in solidifying their presence since breaking out at the beginning of 2021. The band continues to show their evolution with new single ‘The Gutter’, out now. 

The track is a direct observation on classism and the imbalance of power and equality that very much still exists today. The lyrics, delivered with power behind them, have a strangely hypnotic quality; for fans of bands like Gold Class, Shame, Protomartyr and IDLES, a group like dust is likely to become ingrained in your memory.

Recorded at Adam Ridgway’s (guitar, saxophone) family property in Wollombi, NSW, ‘The Gutter’ received production from Wade Keighran (Wolf & Cub), as well as mastering from Jonathan Boulet (Party Dozen).

Speaking about the new singles, the band explained, “‘The Gutter’ was written during the recording of our first two singles. When Justin [Teale] wrote the riff, it stuck with us. We were constantly evolving the structure right up to the recording.”

“Writing our music is a group process that we all connect [to] during. The dynamic between us five works smoothly and climatically, with ideas usually being something that excites everyone. We sometimes have a prepared idea, but the finished product is always something that surprises us."

Working with Nathan Rathsam of Two and a Half Studios, the band created a music video for ‘The Gutter’ that took in Sydney’s nightscapes; equal parts roaming, equal parts adventure. Capturing the frenetic nature of the track, the video highlights the dynamism of the song itself.

The band continued, “The music video was filmed over a couple of nights in Sydney. We made sure to show some familiar spots and other places we frequent with some alternate aspects, while trying to make a visual representation of the themes behind the song and artwork.”

In just a short time, dust have been gaining momentum locally as a powerful live band. The release of tracks ‘Stare’ and ‘No Use’ established their credibility quickly and as performers, dust spent the lion’s share of 2021 adding sold out shows on the East Coast to their name. Supporting the likes of Bad//Dreems, Pist Idiots, Party Dozen; as well as opening THIS THAT Festival in Newcastle earlier in 2022, dust are proving their consistency with each step forward.

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