WL//WH Premiere: THE DOORMEN Remain in “Silence” for this Dark Age


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“The Truth in a Dark Age “ is a dark and vibrant record looking at Shoegaze and 80s Wave. The cover depicts two fugitive lovers, immortalised in an intimate moment inside the cockpit of a car acting as a suit of armour. The kiss is the only sincere and clean truth in this dark age. At the same time, it also symbolises the original sin made up of temptations of consciences and bent wills.

Established in 2009 by Ravenna-bred musicians Luca Malatesta (guitar and effects) and Vincenzo Baruzzi (vox, guitar), with the recent addition of Tommaso Ciuoffo (bass), and Serena Castellucci (drum, loops, synth), the Italian Rock band The Doormen, with five albums under their belt and steady habituè on the European Live Music and Festival circuits, took all the time needed, since their fourth 2019 LP, “Plastic Breakfast”, to tweak, refine and broaden the horizons of their distinctive New Wave/Alternative Rock sound style, to add elements of early 90s Shoegaze and moody Post-punk, resulting in a solid, sharp and compelling ‘rockin’n’rollin’ fifth album, welcomed by an all-around warm reception; it was definitely worth the wait.

WL//WH is very pleased to premiere The Doormen‘s latest Music Video by Matteo Pozzi for “Silence”, the second and key track, whose somehow catchy refrain contains the LP title, “The Truth In A Dark Age,” of a lyric-wise pandemic-inspired concept album that revolves around an enigmatic, earthly Ziggy Stardust-like, night hunter character named The Freak, teetering between dark desires and profound self-discovery.

The song’s frantic and steady rhythm is the soundtrack that accompanies the subject around the city. Wandering from place to place while listening to the Sex Pistols and the Clash on headphones, the protagonist questions and reflects on the society in which he lives. The songs blaring out only fuel resentment and malaise until they reach and shape his thinking. Uniqueness and one’s personal freedom very often lead to being isolated from this society that does not understand and accept the individual. Remaining silent is the only truth in this dark age.

Channeling bouncy scruffy punkish vibes, “Silence” begets urgent, angsty, wandering moods to ignite ringing and scraping six-string riffs swaying along with twinkling obsessive swirling melodies, underpinned by steady busy drum beats and throbbing sonorous bass lines, to rouse seemingly aloof, yet intensely ragged emotional vocal passion from a hopeless alienation into a brazen anthemic strength.

Suggestive visuals fuse eclectic, original animation by Matteo Pozzi with memorable pop culture memories, and vintage electronic gear to trigger a stirring soundtrack for heady, restless souls. Imaginative depth-defying symbols overlay natural horizons and busy urban landscapes to elicit vibrant feelings of freedom and creativity whilst toxic imagery quickly shreds individual free thought with fear-inducing bombardments of Apocalyptic doom. The audiovisual experience defiantly captures the global struggle to grow amid relentless waves of negativity, atrophy, and dystopic dread.

“The Italians compiled a simply stunning and modern Post-punk release that is groovy, fearless, and so fresh…an album that stays on repeat for a long time already!!!” wrote my good friend Mike. PLAY IT LOUD!!!

The Doormen‘s 5th album, “The Truth In A Dark Age”, is out now, in green Vinyl 12″ & Digital formats, via Mia Cameretta Records, distributed by Goodfellas.

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