New Band of the Week: Death Cult Electric

Cardiff-based Death Cult Electric take us on a chaotic, loud and wild futuristic rock’n’roll adventure with a thrilling sound that they describe as “delusional apocalyptic fuzz.”

The quartet of Steffan Pringle (lead vocals and guitar), Thomas Craig Beedim (guitar and vocals), Craig Shankland (bass) and Alec Rees (drums) are three guys from Llanelli, in west Wales, who met in their school days, and a rogue Londoner, who was a friend of a friend and moved into a house Steffan lived in.

They’ve honed an intriguing brand of dystopian rock of which our latest taste of this is vicious new single Snakes And Their Children, which was released at the end of last month. The track, which is self-produced, mixed and mastered by Steffan, celebrates “the endless lineage of transparently incompetent overlords who remind us of our position in a crumbling society.”

It opens up with a cool fuzzy stabbing riff that continues under Steffan’s wild vocals “That dumb cunt with an educated tone, He tried to call me on the xylophone.” Shouty vocals lead up to a wild chorus of “Hail all the snakes and their children, Fail all the comforts that you know, Hail all the snakes and their children. Tragically conceived without a personality, Forget about the lessons in life, And what you need and what you know,” then repeats of “What you know, forget about all you know.”

Another chorus gives way to a chaotic, almost trippy section of driving drums and guitars under echoey vocals. That gives way to a cool section of vocals that feed into more intense blast of the chorus to bring the track to a close.

On the track, the band told us: “We’re appropriately excited. Music, film, any art-form isn’t truly finished until it’s available for everyone to enjoy, ignore or hate it. People should be expecting a bouncy fuzzy ode to our reptilian overlords complete with loud guitars and throat tearing vocals.” Check the track out in the wild post-apocalyptic video here:

That’s the latest in a series of four singles that include the excellent Deleter, which opens with chunky guitars that drop into a lively verse. That builds into a cool chorus “Im the leader of the putsch, You can look but cannot touch, Because I’m feeling fucking glorious, So honey say my name, You are devout to my game, I am deleter of your main frame brain, Deleter… Deleter of your brain main frame.”

A second chorus gives way to a funky little solo section that winds up to a wild rendition of the chorus to bring the track to a typically chaotic conclusion. Check it out in the video here:

That was preceded by their debut single She Comes Too Quick and followed by the equally wild The Fineprint, which was released in April. Check it out in the video below:

The Death Cult Electric sound has been influenced by everything from ABBA to death metal, while the band tell us: “A lot of Swedish bands come to think of it. The Hives, The Hellacopters, Ghost.”

And on what inspires them to write music, they explain: “Films, books, the news. Anything that gets stuck in our head can come out in the music. We’ve been messing around with guitar tones and effects a lot recently which can influence what/how you write. More recently the ideas we’ve been discussing lyrically are more surreal in nature and touch on science-fiction levels of conspiracy theory.”

And if their brand of wild rock music has you hooked then you shouldn’t have to wait too long for more of it. The brand promises “to keep churning out crazy rock music but on a more regular basis now that the world seems to be slowly getting back to normal” as they build up towards releasing a debut album by next Spring or Summer.

You can follow Death Cult Electric on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and check out their music on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

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