Album Review: Deadcuts – “Hit On All Sixess”
Sometimes when you’re listening to an album in a certain situation, it just clicks with you and, having just listened to Deadcuts’ second album on my way home from work before writing this review, this was definitely one of those times. In much the same way as certain albums make the perfect soundtrack to a summer day with the sun shining bright and a nice cold glass of whatever your tipple of choice is, Hit On All Sixess is the perfect soundtrack to walking home through semi-lit estates on a cold gloomy December evening. In other words, make no mistake this is a seriously dark album, but in these winter months where daylight is scarce and it often feels like the day never really gets going, somehow it just feels right. Dare I say it, even slightly comforting.
By all accounts Hit On All Sixess has had something of a troubled genesis and was due to be released around a year ago, but various problems have pushed the release date back. However, I’m happy to confirm that it’s been worth the wait. Similar to the band’s debut, there’s a very tangible shadow of 80s goth and new wave hovering over this album, with Mark Keds’ scowling vocals, Jerome Alexandre’s fuzzed-up guitars and Cass Browne’s pounding drums recalling early Jesus & Mary Chain or Bauhaus, or maybe even Violator era Depeche Mode.
Lyrically this album is pretty dark too with the fuzzed-up squall of Venus, The Purge and Single standing in contrast to the slower and more sinister Opium Style, Don’t Die Yet and the creeping album highlight My Delinquency. But there’s a darkness to this album that draws you in and won’t let you go, the same way that all the best goth music does – a perfect soundtrack to the dark night of the soul.
Like all good sophomore efforts, Hit On All Sixess takes the strongest elements of Deadcuts' debut album Dark Is The Night and builds on them to create a follow-up which feels like a logical step forward. One of the darkest albums you'll hear this year, but there's a sinister quality to it that you can't help but be drawn to. Definitely well worth a look.