The anarcho-punk movement is pretty much alive and kicking on a worldwide scale. The bands are popping up almost regularly, and most of them are nurturing threatening sound, followed by insurgent lyrics and propaganda. REAL(s) are one of those bands who’re standing against all the injustices in this world. The group applies all the shapes and sizes to convey a meaningful message about the current state of emergency that surrounds us. REAL(s) are sharing personal stances about the contemporary political climate in the UK, global politics, global lunacy, mass media manipulation, media spinning, pandemics, plus many other topics through anarcho-syndicalist thoughts and perspective. The group is pointing fingers at the definite problems and offers possible solutions for a healthier society.
Unlike the vast majority of anarcho-punk bands, who are utilizing sonic aggression to express their thoughts and beliefs, REAL(s) are doing quite the opposite. The anger is unquestionably present but in a more delicate manner. The group practices an unconventional approach to a classic punk rock sound, empowered by elements of garage, noise, space, glam, and experimental rock. Nevertheless, their music appears as an equally essential element that flawlessly catalyzes the powerful message these London-based punk rockers are attempting to broadcast to their potential listeners. REAL(s) are merging essentials of a traditional punk rock sound with sensational glam melodies and massive space-rock atmospherics, but also combining some abrasive components of garage and noise rock over it. Experimental movements are serving as occasional interludes, building sequences, and accentuations. Their role on this album is equivalently important as the remaining orchestrations of the group.
These articulations are offering a marvelously orchestrated material, fully stacked with thoughtfully arranged maneuvers. The group gradually incorporates some chaotic movements throughout the album, but these acrobatics are entirely moderate and mainly used to accentuate certain moments within some compositions. At some points, D.S.L.B. resembles the entirely distinctive ambiance, so characteristic for post-punk and art-punk recordings that emerged from mid-seventies to mid-eighties, mainly because of the production technics applied on this particular album. Their extraordinary sound encompasses as many musical genres as you can handle. Therefore, this recording will keep you entertained for a very long period.
Guitars are cutting through the atmospheric ambiance with detailed punk rock chord progressions, empowered by occasional explorations into post-punk, art-punk, and noise rock waters. These explorations are offering in-depth experimentations with sound as much as the entirety of the particular compositions allows them to explore. Still, these sonic maneuvers are moderate, unpretentious, and seemingly appropriate. Beautiful chunky sounds of the bass guitar are backing up the guitars with compelling basslines, but also considering every possible option to accommodate the movements of the remaining portion of the group.
Excellent drumming performance provides enough stability through utterly dynamic rhythmical sequences, accentuations, and drum fills. Just like the other involved instruments, the drummer keeps his performance experimental as much as possible. Lead vocals are offering generous dosages of fury through outstanding melodic performance. These chants are achieved by moderate shouts, classic singing technics, and narration, implemented according to the present moments within the songs. You may also notice beautiful female backing vocals throughout the album, which are supporting lead vocalist with tremendous performance.
D.S.L.B. is a very detailed punk rock album that goes beyond some usual standards for this particular genre. It represents a comprehensive collection of thoughtfully written/composed/arranged compositions, empowered by delightful accentuations. This album also displays meaningful lyrics that exemplify personal stances about an extensive specter of topics, which are devastating modern societies on so many levels. REAL(s) proved they’re excellent musicians who’re capable of producing a marvelous debut full-length album that undoubtfully demands your full attention. D.S.L.B. comes on standard black vinyl limited to 150 copies; black vinyl with limited with a double-sided poster in an edition of 100 copies; or black vinyl with the manifesto, poster, and sticker limited to 50 copies. Head over to their Bandcamp page and support their marvelous work.