Last month, the Night Slugs producer debuted his post-punk indebted side project Hiawatha.
A collaboration with Ian McGettigan (Thrush Hermit, Camouflage Nights), Hiawatha’s music uses Egyptrixx’s Bible Eyes iconoclast ‘Chrysalis Records (Trust)’ as a departure point.
‘Dogs of War’ tweaks the formula of ‘Caring Less and Less to See and Know You’: the icy synths remain, but as melodic echoes, and a blast of guitar-driven feedback comes at the crescendo, not throughout. Most significantly, however, are the moody vocals that give a bit of hope to the gothic proceedings.
Hiawatha’s debut Language will be released on September 25 via Last Gang Records. Psutka has described it as “a dichotomous record — an exploration of pessimism and optimism; success and failure; concussion and tranquility. This album is a friendly nod to every empty promise of a happy ending.” Stream ‘Dogs of War’ below, via Abeano.