There are some things in the world that need to be laughed at more often. Luckily, Chester duo Deh-Yey are here to poke fun at them for you in their deliciously fuzzy garage/noise rock manner.
The duo of Chris (guitar and vocals) and Tom (drums and vocals) got together at University in Chester and set about working on a brew of dark, fuzzy riffs and heavy drums. That tasty instrumental concoction provides the background to fun lyrical themes, such as poking fun at US gun culture and a somewhat different take on a Bible tale.
Their latest offering is the intriguingly titled Danephisians 4:31 which, to set the scene, sees Chris recreate the story of Jesus with him appearing on the Jeremy Kyle Show “Looking for answers about who his father is and how his mother conceived him whilst keeping the proud title of a Virgin.”
It opens open with building noise then a big fuzzy stabbing riff that continues under spoken vocals “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, Lived a proclaimer who walked 500,000 miles every day, The man was very clever performing magic on the street, Impressing thy neighbour, Using his will to be discreet.”
Big screamed vocals take over in the second verse, then more come in during a big lively, shouty chorus over a cool stabbing riff, before it ends on a big jumpy riff. Check it out here:
The track is supported by the enjoyable A Matter of Life & Likes, which starts with mellow vocals over light guitar and drums. But it soon kicks into life with a funky little low-tuned riff and rolling drums that give way to a booming fast-paced riff and drums.
Chris’ vocals jump in and quickly intensify as the heavier guitar and drums kick in. Then a cool stabbing guitar is answered by a little flurry of high notes to lead us into shouted/spoken vocals. That drops into an eerie low-tuned guitar under cool vocals before a rumbling little riff brings the track to a close. Check it out below:
A personal favourite track is their second single Speedy Quickedge, which starts off with an unusual little riff then stabbing guitars under Chris’ spoken/sung vocals. A cool effects-laden riff comes in under a quick chorus, then a little drum solo drops into another verse.
A funky little spinning riff comes in, increases in heaviness and explodes into life with a huge scream and more cool effects. Give it a listen here:
We had a chat with the duo to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Deh-Yey?
DY: “A blonde and a brunette who like to wear short shorts and get sweaty together… Burns is from the same place as Johnny Vegas, Tom is from up in’t Moors. We both studied at Chester Uni on the music course and wanted to make some noise, had a few jams and decided to try out a gig. It was probably shit, but we loved it.”
GR: You just released Danephisians 4:31. Sounds awesome! What should people be expecting from the song?
DY: “Thanks! People should definitely expect to hear some drums and guitar on the record, perhaps some vocals too. It was inspired on the sesh when our label rep randomly turned round to me and says ‘you have to write a song about Jesus walking hundreds of miles and getting the holes in his hands (from the crucifixion) fucked’… Ephesians 4:31 is a Bible passage, Danny is our label rep.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
DY: “Easy to understand.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
DY: “Usually something that is so ridiculous, it’s frustrating. E.g. American gun law.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
DY: “Future of the Left, Girl Band, IDLES, Nick Cave, Black Midi, anyone lethal.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
DY: “Well… fuck all now! We might have one or two recordings in the bank, just trying to work out how to release a song without leaving the gaff…”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
DY: “Tom eats goats cheese and bread for breakfast, that’s why he’s so blonde.”