Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The Decrees

Image may contain: 4 people, people standing, sunglasses and outdoorIt's always nice to be able to feature a band from my paternal home in The Kingdom Of Fife; even if they do come from Dunfermline. On this occasion it's an introduction to a young band of scalawags called The Decrees.

The Decrees have announced they will release their new single Sons of Rage, comprised of two tracks, the other one being West Sierra The band are no-holds barred Rock 'n' Rollers possessing high-octane energy from the old school Fife punk realm; reminiscent of The Skids, The Rezillos or The Valves; all of whom are enjoying a renaissance.

Image may contain: 3 peopleSons of Rage was recorded by Michael Brennan of The Substation (Mogwai, Snow Patrol, Super Furry Animals, Loop, Primal Scream) and mastered by Pete Maher (U2, The Pixies, Jack White, The Rolling Stones, Lana Del Rey) and Ralph is giving it a spin on the Radio KC Indie Show a week this Sunday (12.11.17).

The Decrees formed in early 2016and the line-up comprises; vocalist Lewis Akers, bassist Caitlin Petrie, guitarist Callum Bell and drummer Kieran Bell. 

Image may contain: 1 personIn April of this year, The Decrees released their debut four-track EP Screams From Suburbia, offering a musical account of the everyday experiences of the monotony of modernity. This release blends full-throttle rock music with catchy choruses and beats.

Sons of Rage was one of the first songs the band wrote after forming, retaining their trademark sound while weaving in an infectious Celtic rock melody. This beckons to the forgotten past, to the band's Scottish roots, affectionately nestled in the band's collective psyche. This follows in the same vein of such Celtic-folk tunes as The Gael, steadily imparting strong and re-occurring themes and melodies, and coupled with the strong, driving and near-primal beats throughout. 

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It's a significant release for The Decrees as it shows a more emotive side of their music, transmitting a massive dose of positive energy while also resonating with deeper musical inspirations. 

Callum said - "Lyrically and musically, this song is a serenade to that something better found over the horizon, way past those neon lights. It's about directing all your energies into chasing something you desire. Something that you are waiting for and hoping it won't pass you by."  

"It is about those intrepid few in the past who achieved the impossible." 

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The band's influences range from The Doors, Hawkwind and The Sex Pistols to The Who, AC/DC and Issues.  

Guitarist Callum Bell's love for Stuart Adamson of Big Country and The Skids (he's channeling a bit of Stuarts unique guitar work on Sons Of Rage) as well as Gaelic-folk music are felt particularly in West Sierra

The Sons of Rage single was released on October 27 and made available on all the regular online stores and streaming sites, as well as being available via their Bandcamp. 

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