BRIGHTON’S DITZ, who, on more than one occasion this year we’ve found the overwhelming urge to catapult into the perspiring throng to, only to find our living rooms sadly lacking in the requisite, adoring crowd, have this very morn shared a vid for a new track, “The Warden”, which, like last month’s roarer “Ded Würst”, will appear on their debut album next year.
And whaddya know? They’ve also revealed a title for that album – it’s gonna be called The Great Regression; and they’ve extended their current run of tour dates way into next year, popping across La Manche as well. That’s all to be revealed as you read on.
“The Warden” howls and burns like hot wire and collapses into a very Speedy Wunderground kinda clangour in the coda, as you fall, spent, to the floor. It has ambition and grandeur and clenched biceps; it’s angry and it completely knows what it wants and knows how to get it. They have so much energy, as they’ve shown over a clutch of releases that have kept on coming since midsummer.
“Existing in music, you meet a lot of incredibly talented people with very singular mindsets,” says singer Cal Francis of “The Warden”.
“I’ve seen lots of good friends really struggle to develop because of their intense focus on their output. The titular warden is a metaphor for this obsession and how it’s easy to let yourself be ruled by that mindset which can actually become a deceptively comfortable place.”
“‘The Warden’ feels special,” says Jay Bartlett, who made the accompanying multi-screen video, which you can watch below. “It doesn’t demand attention; its confidence naturally forces you in.
“My intent with this video was to deconstruct a performance vid and present it back in a new form. Make it difficult to watch as a whole. Reward multiple views.”
DITZ have also extended their current run of winter dates with another clutch next spring, including French dates and some early festival bookings. Those dates are as follows:
Thursday, November 25th, Stoke-on-Trent, Sugarmill;
Friday, November 26th, Manchester, Gullivers (with Penelope Isles);
Saturday, November 27th, Chester, St Mary’s (with Penelope Isles)[
Thursday, December 2nd, Newport, Le Pub;
Friday, December 3rd, Swansea, Sin City;
Saturday, December 4th, Cambridge, Portland Arms;
Thursday, December 9th, Ramsgate, Music Hall and
Friday, December 10th, Hastings, The Piper (with The Psychotic Monks), and then into next year:
Tuesday, March 15th, Sunderland, Independent;
Friday, March 18th, Glasgow, Broadcast;
Saturday, March 19th, Edinburgh, Legends;
Sunday, March 20th, Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club;
Monday, March 21st, Birmingham, Hare & Hounds 2;
Tuesday, March 22nd, Bristol, The Louisiana;
Wednesday, March 23rd, Exeter, The Cavern;
Thursday, March 24th, London, Dalston, The Shacklewell Arms;
Friday, March 25th, Brighton, The Hope & Ruin;
Saturday, April 2nd, Manchester, Gullivers, Fair Play Festival;
Sunday, April 4th, Le Havre, Mc Daid’s;
Monday, April 5th, Reims, La Cartonnerie;
Tuesday, April 6th, Lorient, L’hydrophone;
Wednesday, April 7th, Rennes, Antipode;
Thursday, April 8th, Clermont Ferrand, God Save Clermont festival;
Friday, April 9th, Paris, Point Éphémère;
Sunday, April 11th, Lille, Aeronef, (with METZ and Psychic Graveyard);
Saturday, April 17th, Liverpool, Futurama Festival, and
Thursday to Saturday, July 7th to 9th, Cheltenham, 2000 Trees Festival.
And you just know there’s more dates to come. You can get tickets for all shows here.