Those familiar with the Deadletter’s previous incarnation as Mice On Mars will know to expect dirty Stranglers-esque bass lines, rattling New-Wave guitar tones and lyrics akin to Sleaford Mods punched out over the top.
Good Old Days is recognisable from the start, launching straight into a bass hook powerful enough to give you an aching neck. Then come the layers of sharp, aggressive guitars alongside that percussion which travels through cowbells and woodblocks, not forgetting a few hefty smacks of the snare as a punk rock beat holds steady through it all.
“Here comes Thunderface again but this time lightning lights up from the sound of wood on metal, really gets him clenching”
While the lyrics may take a few listens to really comprehend they still manage to stimulate and excite the imagination from the very start. Entering the chorus one develops a full appreciation of panoramic sound, as the band deviate from the so far stable rhythm and barking lyrics into a reverberating tapestry of sonic suspense, bouncing from all corners of the room and surrounding a call back to “The good old days!”.
With this debut Deadletter manage to retain all their characteristic punk energy and unique musical mannerisms while proving they are more than capable of breaking into new territory. The result is a song perfectly encapsulating what this band is about while leaving plenty of room for exploration with their next release.
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