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Dashwood – Hurt/Heal Review

It starts with a slow pounding intro, then we’re thrown straight into a ferocious and angry record from hardcore punks Dashwood.

Clocking in at only 37 seconds Splinter is one of the three stand out tracks on the EP. It will make you want to break things – you can almost see the bodies flying across the pit whilst listening to this. Augury follows immediately, giving you no time at all to regain composure. A little more melodic, but no less furious than the previous track, this is a brilliant example of a hardcore punk song and many bands that call themselves hardcore should sit down and take notes.

Persist, another one of the shorter tracks (59 seconds) is a brilliant precursor to the fantastic final track Idle Minds.

However, it’s not all amazing. Interlude, is really, really annoying. We go from awesome hardcore punk tracks, to a more mellow piece. If you’re a hardcore band, don’t give your listeners any respite. Keep it fast, angry and brilliant.

Aside from this tiny niggle, this really is a brilliant EP, and if you’re a fan of Gallows, Ceremony or Never x Again , then this record is definitely something you should get hold of.

Hurt/Heal is available in CD format from Pornography For Cowards, and on tape from Honey Bucket Records from 5th February 2012.

About krisball

I'm Kris, a 24 year old human shaped thing from Preston. I play the ukulele, and love to entertain people. Other interests include cooking, drinking, sleeping, and shouting at things and people about things and other people.


5 thoughts on “Dashwood – Hurt/Heal Review

  1. HxC is becoming stale because of people like Krisball:
    “Interlude, is really, really annoying. We go from awesome hardcore punk tracks, to a more mellow piece.”
    What about Flipper or late Black Flag? Or Ceremony! As you so aptly reccomended.
    Perhaps if you actually listened to Ceremony you’d know that they have a selection of tracks with a “mellow” slow tempo and soft chords rather than the jarring earthy twang of D.O.A or Negative Approach.

    Music is about passion and raw emotion. Not fitting in. I know what Krisball is trying to say and I do agree to a certain extent, traditional hardcore punk should be loud and angry and (okay) fast. But Dashwood is a new band with new ideas. They shouldn’t have to answer to, or abide by, the rules and regulations of 1980’s hardcore music. The scene died long ago and what was left made way for incredible post-hardcore bands like Cro-Mags and Kid Dynamite.

    Punk is dead. Long live Punk.

    Posted by Charlie Benedict Kilpatrick | January 30, 2012, 12:40 pm
    • Hardcore isn’t becoming stale because of people like me. I have zero influence on hardcore music. I don’t buy the music, and I rarely go to gigs (well, for a start, Preston is a cultural void for anything musical other than twee indie shite). I only listen to hardcore music when it’s put in front of me, though I usually end up liking it.

      Anyway, I pretty much universally loved this EP. It’s not even that I don’t like the song. It’s where it is in the track listing. And I know, an interlude at the beginning would make zero sense, it’s just I don’t like putting on the brakes with music, I think it would be great placed as the first track. And don’t forget, this review is only one person’s opinion. I’m not stating facts. I’m just saying what I liked and didn’t like

      Posted by krisball | January 30, 2012, 8:38 pm
    • RE: first comment

      EL OH EL.
      If you didn’t include that first line, I’d only disagree with you instead of laughing at your utter stupidity with that opening remark.

      Posted by nopopnomanagers | January 30, 2012, 8:48 pm
  2. I’m the vocalist and we understand where he’s coming from. However, as has been said we enjoy the song and hence included it on the E.P. Again, we understand it’s a little different to the rest and not everyone would love it etc, but we don’t really care.

    Posted by Alex Money | January 30, 2012, 8:49 pm
  3. If you don’t buy the music, don’t go to the gigs, and don’t listen to the music, then don’t give a review like you know what you’re talking about.

    Posted by Charlie Benedict Kilpatrick | January 31, 2012, 8:40 am

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