Premiere: Dutch Schultz – Start Me

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In March 2016, we hosted a show that would double up as the last we’d heard from Belfast alt-rock quartet Dutch Schultz in over four years. Blessedly, out of the blue, last month came a signal. Via trouncing new single, ‘Brutus’, the Willy Mundell-fronted foursome were back just when we needed them the most.

Ahead of release tomorrow, we’re pleased to present the first look and listen to its follow-up, ‘Start Me’. The second single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming, Russ Russell-produced album, Friends Like Brutus, it’s a typically earworming effort tackling, in their worlds, “consumerism amid the pressures of modern life, and not having the interest or motivation to keep up with the latest ‘must have/must do’ things.”

Sealing the deal is the single’s video. Taken from Jan Lenica’s 1965 animation-short A, it mirrors how, during lockdown many of us have struggled mentally with solitude, boredom and restlessness.

Stick this one on repeat.

Friends Like Brutus is out on September 18th. Pre-order via Bandcamp here.

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