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Hairline Ego Trip

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"[Dez Dare] addresses current worldwide socio-political anxiety with clever lyrical economy and exhilarating, feral garage synth punk" Vive Le Rock [9/10]

"Another absolute blast of riff-driven garage" Louder Than War

"Riff-heavy, blown-out garage-punk from the UK's Dez Dare with lyrics aimed at the political forces of division and isolation" Bandcamp

"Unpredictable genius" The Pit of the Damned (Il Pozzo dei Dannati)



A fuzz beast clawing out of a pit of noise, riffs and existential joy!

Built in the crystalline shadows and existential backwaters of the psyche, Dez Dare constructs psych-hymns, soft-punk, that punches you in the brain while tenderly calling you to inaction.

No other time calls for expression more than times of suppression. Trapped, caught in reclusion under the germs' eye, Darren Smallman (BATTLE WORLDWIDE, Low Transit Industries, Thee Vinyl Creatures, The Sound Platform, Warped) built a Frankenstein's Monster within his house. Bolted together with old pedals, guitars and synths, a collection of tracks were produced that muse on existence, social normality and the illusion of reality, the first fruits of which can be heard today in the contorted shape amid flashing dayglo colours of the debut album.

Darren grew up in Geelong, a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia where he became involved in the local punk and rock scene in 1990, playing in a band called Warped, sharing stages with the likes of 5678s, Fugazi, The Dirty Three and the Hard-ons, going on to play in multiple bands spewing out sludgy punk rock, heavy drone and noisy pop abundance. Darren was embedded in the scene, playing music, running labels (founding record label and touring company Low Transit Industries in 1999 working with bands such as The Essex Green, Lilys, Elf Power, Okkervil River, Of Montreal, Black Mountain, Trans Am and CW Stoneking,) before moving to the UK in 2010 where he has operated ever since.

On the new album Darren tells: "This album is about the disconnect the human race has built between themselves and the natural world. How we are collapsing as a society through digital technology, capitalism, religion, nationalism. The failures of the human psych and the beauty in the world around us we fail to see."

Dez Dare helps to shine a light on that beauty. A wonderfully vibrant, colourful world of sound and vision.

Autism Awareness

I was diagnosed as Autistic in my early 40s which has answered a lot of questions I have had over the years. Autism is a complex condition with no Autistic person alike. There are many people in our community that create amazing work as well as many that need a lot of support. To find out more, head to the National Autistic Society.


Licensing: PTV

PR: Creative Eclipse [Europe] / Division Promotions [UK]

Everything else: CH!MP + BATTLE


Illustrations by MALMALL
Photos by Mari Martiskainen
Everything else by
Darren Smallman