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Guitarist and songwriter Damian Hughes didn’t waste any time after leaving Leeds-based grunge rockers Allusondrugs. The talented musician launched headfirst into his new project, Hypnosister, with a run of single releases and a UK tour which saw him introduce his shoegazey space rock to a legion of already warmed up fans. His self-titled debut EP came out on 27th July and is, as his moniker suggests, sufficiently hypnotic. Lead track Scribbles fuses a somewhat dreamy soundscape with urgent guitars reminiscent of key influences like My Bloody Valentine, underpinned by a Nirvana-esque thud of percussion. Written, recorded and produced by Damian, he says of the release: “Scribbles is about recovering from the negative spiral that comes from comparing yourself to others on social media. We have to pull ourselves away and give ourselves the space to recognise our own value again.”

Elsewhere on the EP, opener Poorly Boy is an urgent scuzzed up track, while Bother’s opening wave of static and sardonic delivery is an ode to negativity and hopelessness. It’s clear that Damian’s creativity has been piqued by his new project, with songs running the gamut from swirling psych to full-on heavy rock. No doubt his live show will be equally as enthralling – catch him at Little Buildings in Newcastle on Saturday 18th August.


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