THE DSM IV
The DSM IV’s debut album, “NEW AGE PARANOIA,” is an impressive collection of stories, beats, guitars, and noise. The album seamlessly weaves together sobering but dream-filled songs that explore the ways in which our collective minds are influenced by mass media, entertainment industries, and social media.
Formed by Guy McKnight of critically acclaimed and cult favourite The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. The DSM IV has a dark sound that blends noise-rock, synth-pop and industrial, that delivers a unique musical experience. Their music is cacophonous and epic, featuring rich textures and melodic hooks that keep listeners captivated. The band’s powerful soundscapes, combined with their thought-provoking lyrics, create a mesmerizing atmosphere that both entertains and encourages introspection.
“Mark E Smith style lyricism to proto-techno beats, the band seem to sit somewhere between The Stooges primal garage punk and Suicide's screeching futurism”
- THE CLASHMUSIC
ELLiS • D.
Best known as the manic drummer behind the garage-psych outfit Strange Cages, and more recently Jealous Nostril, ELLiS·D spent ten years flailing his limbs across the tattered kits of UK and Europe’s basement scene before starting out his solo project in 2021. After signing with DIY label Crafting Room Recordings at the turn of the 2022, the ensuing 15 months has seen him in a state of near consistent gigging and touring throughout the sweaty dives of the continent, bringing his raw, mercurial live performance to stages from London to Luxembourg, Bristol to Brussels, Kendal to Kusel.
After two self-produced EP’s recorded on a shoestring in his mysterious Brighton studio space (known only to its inhabitants as ‘The Carwash’) sold out separate limited cassette runs, February 2023 single ‘Straitjacket Blues’ signified a marked shift as ELLiS·D began exploring new territory with tinges of new wave and disco infused kraut rock weaving its way into his music, gaining consistent radio play from Tom Robinson at BBC Radio 6 alongside support slots for Razorlight at Brighton Dome and Hammersmith Apollo in April 2023.