Dangerlust vs Hinterland
The Lust vs the Land

Released on 9th May 2005, The Lust vs The Land is a split double A-side single from Nottingham’s Hinterland and Sheffield-based Dangerlust.

Dangerlust get the first track and set things up with a noise-laden dirty rock riff that gets pumped out by a distorted bass, which then gets jumped on by a huge-sounding guitar at various points. Despite this spiky rock foundation the track has plenty of all-round appeal, with a mixture of vocals from the chaps as well as Rachel Santini’s lead. The chorus gets cast expertly like a big net with plenty of anticipatory build up before it takes off.

Dangerlust have an undercurrent of Elastica, with a more gutsy punch. The lead vocal commands a bit of angst power in the style of Guano Apes. This is sexy rock, with the kind of heaviness in the music that really sets of the drooling sex-kitten vocal. 

Three piece lo-fi rockers, Hinterland, step up next with an edgy rock sound that sounds like its being injected in to your ear with a needle. The bass and guitars occupy a similar area in terms of pitch and dynamics which creates a vinyl-sounding thinness that strangely enhances the pumping bass drum.

Their offering contains a verse that slips between angry and, well, very angry indeed – before pushing out an immense chorus that kicks the TV firmly out of the hotel room window to land dramatically on the pavement in a shower of splintered glass – which paints a picture of their style better than a comparison to other bands could.

These two records make me want to hear more from both bands. In fact, if I can’t get hold of more I might well throw my toys out of the pram and cry.

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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