|Local four-piece The Dusk put the north-west back on the musical map
After just two years developing their sound and countless hours in the studio, north-west indie band The Dusk release their debut EP this autumn.
The Dusk have recruited the expertise of one of the north-west’s most accomplished musicians. Simon Jones, better known for his role in seminal north-west bands The Verve and Black Submarine, is assisting The Dusk with their production. Alastair Gunn, guitarist for The Dusk said, ‘I think the sound we’re after has a lot in common with Simon’s back catalogue and in particular his more recent experimental sound. We’re absolutely delighted he’s agreed to help us get the best from our music.’
Vocalist James Grierson added ‘It’s a great honour to have someone of Simon’s stature working with us on this project. He’s shown a genuine interest in our music and between him and Al Kirkman (Faktory Studios) we feel we’re getting the sound we want; something we’ve been working toward over the last few years.’
The Dusk continue in the tradition of well-crafted indie music from the north-west, drawing comparisons with stalwarts such as Doves, The Charlatans, The Verve and Happy Mondays. Although redolent of the best years of the madchester and brit-pop scenes, The Dusk’s sound is, however, fresh and contemporary. They have created a sub-genre entirely their own, confidently fusing alternative rock with electro and effortlessly throwing in influences as diverse as classical, grunge and trance.
‘We try and make every song radically different,’ said Grierson. ‘Keeping it varied makes it interesting for us as well as the audience’.
Although laced with samples, pianos and orchestral pads, The Dusk’s music remains heavily guitar-driven, providing an ideal backdrop for Grierson’s poetic and emotionally-charged vocals. Their huge and captivating sound has drawn obvious comparisons with Muse, Elbow and Radiohead. ‘We’re very proud of those comparisons’, said Grierson, ‘who wouldn’t be?’
2012 has been a busy year for The Dusk. After a hectic few months gigging across the north, they retired to the studio to complete their debut and begin rehearsing new material in July. The Dusk will next be showcasing their talents at Liverpool’s O2 Academy (Main Stage) on Saturday 8th September. Discounted tickets are available for a limited period from The Dusk’s official website at www.the-dusk.net. The Dusk’s debut EP (entitled Falling) will be released on 3December on Crying Boy Records. It will be available in all good digital media outlets, including iTunes, as well as the band’s official website.