After years of playing and touring in multiple bands in close-knit DIY scenes, the members of Dusker formed in Leicester in 2019 and quickly set about a string of high profile shows with the likes of Kagoule, Petrol Girls, Fresh and Peaness. Quickly developing a reputation for raucous, energetic lives shows.
Debut release ‘EP I’ marries wide-open, exploratory post-punk with math, noise and post-hardcore accents. Dancing driven guitars, strong rhythms and spitting vocals combine to show Dusker’s myriad of far-reaching influences. The record touches on concepts of platonic love, mutual support and individual empowerment. ‘EP I’ was recorded and produced by the band’s close friend and collaborator Liquid Tony of Liquid Tone Productions and was self-released in December 2019.
Follow-up ‘EP 2’, again produced by Liquid Tony and released on Leeds’ Muzai Records in August 2020, is a confirmation of intent and a further sonic refinement which received kind words on Dean Jackson’s BBC Introducing radio show and achieved celebratory airplay and press across Europe and Japan. Fusing raucous punk energy with swooping, contemplative melodies and feedback-riddled textures, Dusker both covered new musical ground and solidified their vein of noisey post punk.
‘Get your freak and pogo moves on for Temple Bar. It doesn’t just close the record, it demolishes it – drenched in gritty feedback, doubled-up on speed and frantic vocals.’ – Music In Leicester
‘The flourishes and lead playing is joyous and theres a sense of urgency from the band in getting their musical ideas down on record and out there and heard.’ – Backseat Mafia
‘EP 2 feels like a chaotic attempt to reconnect with yourself and set your mind straight again.’ – Music In Leicester
‘It’s rare to find acts that have that sense of some sort of higher purpose, liberation and chaos.’ – welovelo-fi
‘Dusker Who?’ – Muzai Records
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