Dutch Criminal Record Push Back With ‘Gaslight’

Cult heroes return...

Underground three-piece Dutch Criminal Record have shared new single ‘Gaslight’.

The band have roots in Chichester, growing up in a small-town and making their own entertainment. Music became the core meaning of their lives, with Dutch Criminal Record growing up of those adolescent experiments.

Now based in Brighton, the trio have built a decade-long catalogue, amassing fans on a show-by-show, release-by-release basis.

Last year’s ‘Apathy’ mixtape saw Dutch Criminal Record reach new heights, and since then they’ve released a string of singles.

New release ‘Gaslight’ comes at the exact right time – it pushes back against authorities, and finds the trio discussing the plight of young people in a fractured country.

Produced collaboratively by Rob Quickenden and Dutch Criminal Record themselves, it matches breed indie songwriting to spoken word vocals that hit hard. One of the best releases yet from the group, the trio comment:

Lyrically the song is a chaotic intertwining web of many different threads of thought and emotion. Regret about the ending of a relationship, the fatigue of constantly struggling financially, guilt about not being where I feel I should be in life and anxiety and anger about the state of the world.

Expanding on this, the trio add:

The song had quite a difficult birth. The instrumental for the song existed for quite a while before I was able to put any lyrics to it, and when I did I really struggled to find a fitting way to express the themes on the song in an emotionally fitting way.

I tried a technique used by Thom Yorke and David Bowie called cut up technique where I wrote down different lines which felt like themes I wanted to talk about, cut them out and threw them into a bag, picking them out at random to try and organise them into verses. By using this technique I hoped to mimic the chaotic anxious overthinking lots of 20 somethings are experiencing right now. The verses are like a tormented internal dialogue of stress, never settling on a single thought or theme but jumping around in a way that many overthinkers have experienced.

Catch Dutch Criminal Record on a full European tour supporting Goodkid this summer, alongside a raft of festival dates – including a high-profile spot at Secret Garden Party.

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Indy Brewer

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