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Many of us have been scratching our heads and tapping our fingers in eager anticipation to hear new material from Nottingham’s Dog Is Dead. Though, little did we know back then that Dog Is Dead were to re-emerge as D.I.D, and return with an EP about fast food. Since critically acclaimed debut album All Our Favourite Stories hit indie shelves back in 2012, tracks like ‘Teenage Daughter’ and ‘Glockenspiel Song’ have dominated club speakers. The punchy full length glittered with saxophone solos, highlife guitars and quirky coming-of-age lyricism. Talking to frontman Rob Milton on new EP Fast Food he firstly clarifies that if he were a fast food he “would be chips.” Why? “Because I like chips” quite simply. As the first material under ‘D.I.D’ the ‘Dog Is, well...dead’ puns have come in abundance, as the new identity is here to stay. “Of course we were expecting the obvious puns and that's totally fine. “I'm sure our fans will call us whatever they want but for us it was a chance to be something different, the end of one phase the start of another new one. “We started this band when were 15 and picked the name for the school talent show after all so it felt like a decent time for a change, although we appreciate it'll take time to grow.” Listening to the four track EP, it’s not just the name that has had a revamp. It would appear that the quintet have landed on their feet entering adulthood. Exploring elements of RnB writing and reggae instrumentals, there are darker undertones and gritty edges to really get your teeth into. Insisting that the progression has all been quite natural, Rob explains “We were adamant about not making the same record twice, because let’s face it – that’s just boring for everyone.” Within the band, there are players of everything from saxophone to bass, accordion to drums, keyboard to guitar, allowing inspired sounds that infuse and blend. New track ‘Gameplan’ soothes a reggae vibe with rhythmic drums and twinkling keys. Vocals harmonise, carefully juxtaposed by brash drums. It becomes a euphoric, soft number to sway along to, with summer vibes. “We're always trying to push ourselves, we looked at new approaches to writing and we drew influence from way further afield.” Overall though, the EP is a little more downbeat than the usual. Bitter lyrics on relationships and breakups are sugar coated by soaring melodies ‘We both needed space, somebody else’s pillowcase’. As the lad’s vocals meet and reach incredible range on ‘Hotel’ they begin to sound like a barbershop quartet ‘Solitude arrives like a guest at the hotel’, accompanied by scratchy rock guitars. An electric bassline roars to life, and a gnarly riffs rips through the contrasting smoothness in the tactile tones. Whilst Rob’s distinguishable vocals, sometimes croon and often pine, they remain ever charimastic and tempt an urgent sing-along. Lead single ‘Fast Food’ sparks familiarity in its fast-paced, infectious delivery. It epically builds and keeps its anthem height with a dancing beat and sugar rush fizzle.
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