“Utterly brilliant and totally unique.”
Phil Taggart, BBC Radio1
“A mustily almost latter-day gothic piece of weary and agitated pop music.”
Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6
Rising Dublin post-punks – SCATTERED ASHES – follow the runaway success of the previous single: “Love Is Not An Option”, with news of a new EP: ‘Parallel Lines’.
Released on 21st May 2021 via the Fatal Vision label, the three-track EP sees the Irish quartet stepping out of the shadows with a clutch of new material, plus a maverick reimagination of “Love Is Not An Option” by Soft Boy Record’s Wastefellow. Available digitally on all services, the EP will also be available as a special limited blood-red 12” vinyl.
Speaking about the ‘Parallel Lines’ EP, Rob from Scattered Ashes says:
“We wanted to release a real statement of intent with this EP. Art above all else is what binds us together and managing to document that on record is something we’ll forever be grateful for. We have crafted something that portrays loss, love and doubt whilst maintaining its vigour of spirit. This is an insight into the world we inhabit.”
Alongside the Steve Lamacq/BBC6 Music championed “Love Is Not An Option”, the EP also features “Parallel Lines” from which the EP takes its name. Funnelling the stark intensity of Interpol or Joy Division, via the renegade ferocity of Bauhaus or Gang of Four, “Parallel Lines” finds the band in ruthless, incisive form.
“You can’t get too close, You can’t walk away, You’re caught in the threshold, You’re stuck in the grey between right and wrong there’s a sacred place, To suffer the consequences Is to know his grace..” sings Rob in his deathly baritone. As glowering as it is abrasive, “Parallel Lines” is a meditation on the finite; a brooding paean to faith, doubt and reason, that takes no prisoners.
Written in April 2020, all of the ‘Parallel’ EP’s songs were recorded and mixed in Darklands Audio Dublin City with Dan Doherty (Fontaines D.C), before mastering by the esteemed Pete Maher (U2, Echo & The Bunnymen).
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Scattered Ashes are a Dublin four-piece ranging in influence from Brutalism to Punk. The band matches aggressive sonic textures with a strict sense of space, created by urgent guitar stylings and prophetic vocals. You can hear their influences, but the product is entirely their own. From the abstract to the oppressive, the band occupy a considerably darker territory to most of their contemporaries; consistently defying expectations in their bid to take post-punk back to its murkier roots.