The Gutter is an industrial post-punk banger which spits venom from the very opening notes of its’ guitar intro, continuing at a frenetic pace throughout its’ electrifying two and a half minutes duration.
Dust‘s most sophisticated song to date, The Gutter has shown another exciting side to the development of this young Newcastle band still formulating their style, which has so far ranged from the fuzzed-up tones of first single, Stare through a streetwise punk vibe as seen in their follow-up track, No Use.
Lamenting the apparent inequity in modern-day society, the song’s lyrics take elements reminiscent of the rhyme and metre of modern street poetry (a la Kae Tempest) and mix it with the fury and passionate delivery of other post-punk contemporaries, such as Joe Talbot of IDLES fame.
On the early evidence of this new outing, and with the rekindling of interest in the sounds of 80’s new wave and post-punk rock, perhaps Dust is the band to move into that space in which fellow Australian bands, Gold Class and City Calm Down promised so much, but sadly vacated in recent years.
A limited, split-release edition 7″ (shared with Ricky Albeck) of The Gutter can be purchased as part of Part-Time Records Single Club Vol 3 or can be heard via your favourite music streaming service here.