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Dungeness is a large headland in the south of England characterised by a rather large shingle beach. When Trembling Bells visited the area in 2015, it had a polarising effect on the band. Rest assured though that opinions on their latest album, named after the locale, is anything but divided. Taking inspiration from Flemish Expressionist painter James Ensor to Ingmar Bergman’s classic film The Seventh Seal, it’s one of the folk rock outfit’s finest outings to date, an unbridled and hypnotic psych-indebted rollercoaster featuring some gloriously poetic and philosophical lyrics.

For anyone thinking that the group might be a bit of a tame affair live due to their classic folk touchstones, prepare to think again. As they bring Dungeness to The Cumberland Arms on Wednesday 18th July, they’re also delivering twin guitarists, bringing out the heavier aspects of the record with sheer, raw force, as well as hypnotic harmonies and the always-arresting soprano of vocalist Lavinia Blackwall. Many of Dungeness’s tracks were recorded in one take, and the inherent urgency that lies within is set to fully reveal itself. With Cath & Phil Tyler bringing their latest LP The Ox And The Ax and singer-songwriter Marco Rea also on the bill, it’s set to be a night filled with rebellious and heart-stirring song.



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