It took some time for Dead Throne to grow on me after TDWP’s fantastic Zombie EP.
8:18 was gritty (in a good way) like they were on the verge of uncovering gold among their eclectic sound.
Space EP had a lot to live up to because of how great a concept Zombie was but with their synth and heavy hooks, they hit this out of the park. The song ‘Alien’ suits the Alien movie atmosphere so well.
It had me wondering where they could possibly go from Space and 8:18 but Transit Blues managed to fuse the best elements of those two records into one.
The themes of desertion, isolation and resentment are persistent within TDWP.
There’s a dark and isolated atmosphere that progresses into a catchy chorus but it’s sewn together with heavy hooks.
‘Detroit Tapes’ surprised me with familiarity. I completely forgot they recruited Stevis from The Chariot to do guest vocals. I miss The Chariot.
And the closing track, ‘Transit Blues’ was both sombre and exciting at once. A great way to close an amazing album.
I’m not sure if it was intentional but the energy of this band reminds me of the soundtrack in a Capcom horror game.
With a lot to compete with, it’s difficult to choose a favourite record for 2016 but Transit Blues is definitely in my top two.