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DZTN 1980 - Don’t Give Up {DIY} Lord - Dustin has released, I think, four albums and this six-track EP in the space of a year. It’s been good stuff generally - but maybe just a bit more restraint could see the songs even stronger? Anyway - these six tracks are short with only the dark but pessimistically optimistic closer ‘We Wanna Believe In Something’ breaking two minutes. This could be the closest he’s got to doing something like ABOLITIONIST since the band split with the guitars being distorted and drilling (check out ‘Time To Dream Big’ to hear some sinewy, snarling guitars) and the drums being less ‘obviously’ electronic than on his previous solo releases. Highlight for me is ‘(They’re In) A Trance’ that careers on a snappy riff with a stunningly sneering vocal delivery. Another totally enthralling and captivating release - no idea whether he’ll be able to keep this level of work (and inspiration) up in 2021, but let’s hope so.  OK - two more albums to listen to. (09.01.21)

Hit HERE for material reviewed prior to 2021 including:
DAGGER MOUTH, THE DAMNED (2 reviews), DANGER!MAN, THE DARTS (2 reviews), DAVE SMALLEY AND THE BANDOLEROS (2 reviews), DAYS N DAZE, DEAD ENDING, DEALING WITH DAMAGE, DECENT CRIMINAL, DELINQUENTS, DEPARTMENT S, DEVIL'S ELBOW, DIRECT HIT, DIRTY BURGER, D.O.A. (3 reviews), DOLLYROTS, DOMESTICS/ Pizza Tramp split, DOTS, DOWN AND OUTS, DR. BOOGIE, DROOGETTES, THE DROWNS, DUSK and DZTN 1980 (2 reviews)