Salt Lake City-based sludge rockers THE DITCH AND THE DELTA will re-release their debut full length, Hives In Decline, via CD and digital platforms on September 8, 2017 via Prosthetic Records. Pre-orders are available here: smarturl.it/TDATD
Bassist/vocalist Kory Quist says: “If it’s possible to have a cheesy sentiment like “be all you can be” wrapped in pessimism, this song is it. It’s about meaninglessness, living hard and pushing yourself hard, till body quits.”
Stream another new track, “F*ck on Asphalt”, here:
A live version of “Mud” can be viewed here:
Hives In Decline features seven tracks and was engineered by Andy Patterson of Subrosa. The album shows the band exploring into sound design sonics, as well as features a swarm of solos by Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin, Iceburn) on the song “F*ck on Asphalt”. Metal Injection recently described the album as, “a record that takes you in and allows you to revel in the madness of the genre.”
Formed in 2014 by longtime friends, Elliot Secrist, Charles Bogus and Kory Quist, the band released their 2015 EP, We Rust, to a vast array of critical acclaim.
The devil is in the details with The Ditch. The expanded harmony and tension, as well as the unique rhythms are, in part, due to Secrist’s studies and degree in Jazz Composition. The band calls their brand of sludgy/noise/doom, “Big Riff”. Employing different tunings, and modal centers, every song The Ditch writes manages to avoid many of the usual doom trappings of excessive feedback, static harmony, and pentatonic riffs. The lyrical content deals with everyday life and the constant suppression and alienation that comes with it. Three men from Mormon dominated Utah are bound to have a lot of resentment and disdain for the mono culture they exist in day to day.
They have shared the stage with Call of the Void, Lord Dying, Eagle Twin, Iceburn, The Sword, Subrosa, Kowloon Walled City, Castle, The Atlas Moth, Kayo Dot, and Dust Moth to name a few. Remaning tour dates are as follows:
8/25 Columbus, OH @ Space Bar**
8/26 Chicago, IL @ Burlington
8/27 St Paul, MN TBA
8/30 Seattle, WA @ Fun House**
8/31 Portland, OR @ High Water Mark**
9/1 Boise, ID @ The Shredder**
9/2 Salt Lake City, UT @ Crucial Fest**.
** with Rozamov
THE DITCH AND THE DELTA is:
Elliot Secrist (guitar/vocals)
Charles Bogus (drums)
Kory Quist (bass/vocals)
THE DITCH AND THE DELTA online: