Whitley Bay electro-industrial duo, You Are The Dead, sidestep typical genre tropes to create kaleidoscopic music built from clashing, contradictory elements. Their loose-fit, rough and smooth electronic rhythms make for an unusual listen, marrying polar ends of early industrial music, with the band’s debut single, ‘Stranger’, presenting a nostalgic mix of noises that bear all the delicious discordance that make dirty electronic industrial rock so aggressively infectious.
Taking inspiration from the myriad projects of Al Jorgensen and Nitzer Ebb, the core concept of You Are The Dead is crafted around encasing its sharper elements in a spacey synth shell, with a coarse, but immersive, cinematic arrangement.
The unsettling ambience of ‘Stranger’’s early bars are rich with the dour desert fuzz of an apocalyptic movie score atop an eerie synthesizer pulse. Later unfurling into early 90s style electro beats, loaded with mechanised drum crashes and chugging guitars, this is a tightly-packed yet jarring song where guitarist and vocalist Matt Raynor’s distant refrain is met, time and again, by the robotic response of synth commander Anthony Wilson’s beats in a dissonant back and forth.
You Are The Dead draw from a deliberately dated range of influences, noting the early sounds of industrial icons and blending their razor-sharp guitar distortion, drum beats and sprawling synths in a divergent manner.
The band is honing their craft, polishing their instrumentation and keeping close those old-school industrial drawls while continuing to be a complex and evolving project.
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