London, Sonic Shoegaze
Club AC30 Records
Black Doldrums, the lauded London-based power-duo, are returning with their expansive new EP ‘She Divine’ on premiere shoegaze indie Club AC30.
Known for delivering layered echo-drenched guitar with heavy, relentless drums, Black Doldrums create transient and euphoric dark psychedelia and they’ve once again captured their raw, untamed energy with the help of producer Pat Collier at Perry Vale Studios (The Jesus and Mary Chain, X-Ray Spex, Purple Heart Parade, Is Bliss).
Utilizing waves of reverb-drenched distortion, singer-guitarist Kevin Gibbard and powerhouse drummer Sophia Lacroix construct an awe-inspiring sonic monolith over the five tracks that make up ‘She Divine’. The record pulsates with dynamic rhythm and distant vocals seem to howl from inside a void of limitless noise. From the infectious, garage-inflected ‘Those With A Rope Around Their Neck (Don’t Always Hang)’ to the more delicate, ‘Hearts That Beat, Will Never Mend’, the release explores themes of the divine and femininity.
Specifically, “She Divine” refers to Aldous Huxley’s 1954 psychedelia-induced masterpiece ‘The Doors of Perception’ where constant reference is made to the search for divinity and how all cultures are united in the need for that same search, despite their opposing outcomes.
Recalling the early ragged glory of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Black Angels, Black Doldrums are instantly recognised for their malevolent drums and gloriously ferocious riffs. The band is influenced by much of the proto-psych of the 60s, icy post-punk of the 80’s and the Brit-rock swagger of the 90’s.
“If Phil Spector was a goth this is what his wall of sound would be like, relentless, pounding beats over fuzzed and distorted guitars and topped with a vocal so ethereal it’s barely there.” – Shindig!
“A huge slab of noise that sits between Spacemen 3 and the Brian Jonestown Massacre.” – Clash Magazine
“Greasy biker psych and brown-acid meltdown.” – Vive Le Rock