DUSKER JOIN MUZAI RECORDS
That might be both the best introduction to a press release you’ve read in the past few months, but equally as important it should be a question on many person’s lips. “Who are Dusker, and why have I not checked them out before?”
Based across two counties in England (Leicestershire and West Yorkshire), Dusker formed in 2019 through the amalgamation of a number of prior bands in Leicester’s close-knit DIY scenes.
During these fledging years, the four-piece quickly developed their reputation for raucous, energetic live shows. This didn’t go unnoticed – in the space of a year Dusker have opened for such luminaries as Peaness, Petrol Girls and Kagoule
Their debut EP, recorded at Liquid Tone Productions, was released in late 2019 and looked to marry their varied musical tastes; wide-open, exploratory post-punk accentuated at times with math, noise and post-hardcore embellishments.
Expanding on those influences further and once again working with Liquid Tone, EP 2 is a four-track vessel that propagates a few more influences within the band.
Lead track “Leo”, for example, employs the tenets of the mid-90s Emo movement with its wistful, melodic interludes that allude to the work of Sunny Day Real Estate at times.
To us at least; hence why we’re pleased to be working with them.
There is still that contentious edge from the other tracks, drawing from the years of listening to Gang Of Four, Polvo, Unwound and Minutemen. “Temple Bar”, with its aggressive, jagged guitars is crystalline post-punk across a near four minutes.
It’s this recurring element on EP 2, a powerful-yet-earnest dynamic from the group, which should (by rights) capture the attention of many thirty-somethings and older.
Yet, time being a wheel and spokes constantly in revolution, the influences from that era of music having become prominent the past decade ensures that EP 2 isn’t dated by any means. It just leans further into the things we enjoy as a label and you probably will enjoy as a listener.
EP 2 is released digitally and on cassette tape from August 28th 2020