Prosthetic Records’ newest signing – Salt Lake City-based sludge rockers, The Ditch And The Delta – will re-release their debut full length, Hives In Decline, via CD and digital platforms on September 8, 2017. Pre-orders are available here.
You can stream the first single, “F*ck On Asphalt” via Metal Injection. Listen here:
Regarding the track, the band states, “Everybody feels anger and disdain for certain opposing views. But some people turn that anger to threats of violence, or actual violence. From the Isla vista shooter, to the bomb threats for inviting a feminist speaker to the University of Utah, and the vicious trolls on every website, etc., we see angry little boys acting out because they think they are owed something, or they are feeling rejected or threatened. Your rejection is probably because you’re an uninteresting piece of shit. This song is an overt f*ck you to people with that mindset.”
Hives In Decline features seven tracks and was engineered by Andy Patterson of Subrosa. The album shows the band exploring into sound design sonics, as well as features a swarm of solos by Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin, Iceburn) on the song “F*ck on Asphalt”. Metal Injection recently described the album as, “a record that takes you in and allows you to revel in the madness of the genre.”
A live version of “Mud” can be viewed here:
Formed in 2014 by longtime friends, Elliot Secrist, Charles Bogus and Kory Quist, the band released their 2015 EP, We Rust, to a vast array of critical acclaim.
The devil is in the details with The Ditch. The expanded harmony and tension, as well as the unique rhythms are, in part, due to Secrist’s studies and degree in jazz composition. The band calls their brand of sludgy/noise/doom, “Big Riff”. Employing different tunings, and modal centers, every song The Ditch writes manages to avoid many of the usual doom trappings of excessive feedback, static harmony, and pentatonic riffs. The lyrical content deals with everyday life and the constant suppression and alienation that comes with it. Three men from Mormon dominated Utah are bound to have a lot of resentment and disdain for the mono culture they exist in day to day.
They have shared the stage with Call of the Void, Lord Dying, Eagle Twin, Iceburn, The Sword, Subrosa, Kowloon Walled City, Castle, The Atlas Moth, Kayo Dot, and Dust Moth to name a few. Current tour dates are as follows:
8/21 Raleigh, NC @ Slims
8/23 New York, NY @ TBA
8/24 Boston, MA @ Great Scott**
8/25 Columbus, OH @ Space Bar**
8/26 Milwaukee, WI @ Franks Power Plant
8/27 St Paul, MN @ TBA
8/30 Seattle, WA @ Fun House**
8/31 Portland, OR @ High Water Mark**
9/1 Boise, ID @ The Shredder**
9/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Crucial Fest**.
** with Rozamov