DIN Martin hail from Leipzig in Germany and are one a number of recent acts who choose to combine shoegaze effects with post-rock. The group have just come back from a European tour and have followed it up with a new album.
‘Elliston Road’ builds from its detuned guitars and rumbling rhythms in to a cunning hook which rivals Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ in its abrasiveness. The single ‘Before You Faint’ is friendlier and dreamier thanks to its chiming guitars and the vocalist’s melancholic yet uplifting performance, which is given further strength as a breathless female adds a new layer of despair to the song.
The bleak mood flows through the rest of the album from the sombre Chameleons-inspired ‘As I Need You’ to ‘Coming Home’, the understated instrumental closer. The arrangements are post-punk in a modern way but a few of these songs seem to lack the edge or the urgency to make the listener jump out of his/her seat. Some tracks (‘#6’ and ‘A Reflection’, for example) resort to post-rock blood and thunder clichés after promising starts. Top marks, though, for the consistently inventive drumming (particularly for mid-album standout ‘Temporary High’) which ensures pace and space is varied yet tight.
‘The Second Before You Faint’ could be defined as a “front-loaded” album given that its most obvious highlights commence the record. However, there is a lot of depth here and if they can curb their tastes for loud guitar outros and instead focus more on post-punk subtlety, glory can be theirs for the taking.
The Chameleons, Whipping Boy, Calla