Band to watch: Dems
For the movers and shakers out there who spend their lives casually stomping on rogue One Direction CD’s and quietly praying that Justin Bieber would keep the teenage angst to himself. I ask you to remember those moments when you stumble across an artist that invites that slight tilt of the head, a stretch to the volume control, a vague glaze to the eyes…
Before you know it you’re flat out on your living room floor staring at a rather stained ceiling, acoustic track blaring, or hopping about to some new DJ you have never heard of, (yes, hopping) trying to discover their name and when their next gig is.
No? This seems to be the way I live my musically orientated life. Either dancing like a fool or entranced by a singer who has appeared on stage in a murky bar, causing the type of hush you only experience travelling through a village entitled ‘upon–tyne,’ where badgers constitute the overwhelming majority of inhabitants.
Badgers aside, I would like to introduce one of my favourite new bands that cause this nature of reaction: Dems. Defying genre classification Dems simply attack with a haze of eerie vocals and jolting rhythms, although fantastic recorded it’s the live gigs where this group become truly phenomenal. My first collision with Dems was at monthly night ‘Apocalypstick’ in Camden where drinks became abandoned, elbows were angled at precarious positions, and the crowd tackled until the stage was reached. Infectious melodies roll with the type of haunting synths that must incite cold and bitter envy from those bands who just don’t come close: House and inner O have remained particular favourites with down on you just nipping at their heels. Their recent collaboration with Profisee on his track Where O Where reveals the breadth of this groups ability and why they deserve to be heard, enticing a beaming smile and a bizarre type of parent like pride as they own every crowd. Visit their soundcloud and turn their tracks on to constant repeat then wander down to one of their gigs, you will not be disappointed.