Perhaps I’m lazy (or lame) to label Ditches as Swedish answer to anything by Jeff Burke, but I can’t help it. In spite of Jeff Burke’s DNA fully contaminating the sound of Ditches – I have trouble considering that as something bad by the way, the songs of Ditches at no point sound redundant. That was the case on their fun and criminally underrated 2020 self-titled LP and it also applies to their new two song single which is part of Drunk Dial Records’ ongoing single series. If you are unfamiliar, the label’s idea is to get artists drunk, put them in the studio to record one original and one cover and release the result.
Ditches sound in particularly good form on the single, seemingly untouched by the intake of alcohol and the likes. The A-side showcases Lost In Time, a Ditches original that is among the top songs the band has released so far. On the flipside is a blistering cover of Abra Cadaver by fellow Swedes The Hives.
Drunk Dial #9 is out now. Hopefully it’s a sign of more new hits by Ditches.
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