Single Review: Duchess' 'Haunter'
Following on swiftly from April’s ‘Rachel’ single release, Gateshead alternative rock trio Duchess are back and are even darker and more intimidating than ever with new track ‘Haunter’.
Slicker and more polished than ‘Rachel’ the new release sees the band continue their musical and song-writing growth.
Focused on a narrative about past regrets and failures, ‘Haunter’ finds the band in search of a sound that captures the feelings stemming from a life of poor choices and heartbreak.
Locked in a heavy guitar storm and the emotive drumming of Adam Robinson, Duchess capture the sense of regret. All the while, powerful, emo vocals from Callum Chambers support the song’s sense of urgency and our author’s offer of empathy and protection.
Combined, Duchess produce a cracking single which offers an emotional response to someone in need of help after a lifetime of hurt.
Well produced in a sound that gives equal prominence to all band members, ‘Hauter’ is equally claustrophobic and intense as it is upbeat and purposeful; the result is Duchess’ strongest work yet.
Alternative rock can’t be beaten when it has a clear purpose, and Duchess’ purpose couldn’t be clearer.