A cover of Fuck The Pain Away by Peaches immediately catches my eye. DITZ’s 5 Song sits in my inbox like a time bomb waiting to blow all over my iTunes library. A rough week no doubt, but a DITZ EP to get you through it is here.
The ear-pounding mix on the first track, Seeking Arrangement, is surprisingly very relaxing. Part punk, part goth screaming guitar rides around surrounding lead singer Cal Francis’ solid vocals. Gayboy follows closely, keeping the anxiety high and even more wrapped. As a queer person, “I got a price to pay for being this way” is remarkably refreshing in a world more obsessed with gay culture being “peaches and cream” in the modern age. Peaches, there it is again. The Brighton noise/punk act never gives up on blowing your eardrums, and I’m sure if it wasn’t for the current state of the world, we could expect an unbelievable release show.
Obviously inspired by the punk scene surrounding Idles, DITZ make their own sound out of the genre they occupy, and Francis’ vocals are the centrepiece. It instantly reminds me of She Wants Revenge, especially on Total 90. The rolling drum kit sets the stage for an all-out gothic blowout and rolls into a surprisingly mellow fade-in into the next song. Track four, Role Model, is easily the heaviest on the EP. A Halloween/John Carpenter-style guitar riff leads into a huge breakdown section that rips. Just straight rips. Easily my favourite song by DITZ, and would be the best had it not been for the aforementioned Peaches.
Fuck The Pain Away is one of the hardest songs ever written. Not hard musically, hard as in a real certified banger. The rolling lyrical stylings of Peaches fit perfectly as a completion to this EP. The drums are particularly mixed well. If that was done on purpose, I applaud them. The bass drum kicks its way through the mix at the beginning and doesn’t give up. The track slides perfectly into focus after Role Model, and they could not have picked a better cover to make their own. The screaming guitars from earlier? They make an appearance. Cal’s voice? Like a glove. My only complaint is that I can’t see this track live to close out a gig, and it ends so quickly you just want it to keep going. You could keep the finale chorus going for another ten minutes without losing any audience interaction.
DITZ’s debut pink vinyl already made its way from my cart to purchased before I’d even finished 5 Songs. Another great Brighton band showing the world how punk is done, I seriously can’t wait for any shows stateside after this virus is over.