Dark, desperate, and dizzyingly well-realised, Leeds 3-piece Dead Naked Hippies look set to further propel themselves into the national consciousness with their razor-sharp new single ‘Guillotine’.
The band, on the back of their triumphant, packed-out recent appearances at Hit the North and Live at Leeds festivals, have rapidly emerged as one of the most exciting up-and-coming live acts in the country, creating a huge buzz with their abrasive brand of incendiary post-punk. ‘Guillotine’ is a further showcase of DNH’s tremendous talent for channeling raw emotion and untrammeled energy into every aspect of their music, from the gritty atmospherics to the visceral urgency of vocalist Lucy Jowett, whose untamed shrieks elevates the sound beyond being merely good to one of real significance.
Despite the lyrics of the track dealing largely with themes of uncertainty, the band themselves display no such concerns. Rarely do guitar bands these days sound so self-assured, supremely confident yet without a hint of the alienating arrogance that trips so many young bands up. What really sets this track apart though is in the inspiring defiance of its resolution; where many post-punk artists tend to wallow in the murky waters of their own gloomy resignation, DNH instead preach a message of agency and decisive action, and that, for better or worse, letting go and severing ties with the past is always the better option than being stuck in a cage of indecisive, static uncertainty.
‘Guillotine’ is another triumph from a band who continue to go from strength to strength, displaying a masterful balance of noise and beauty that is rare to hear even in more established bands. Big things may well await.