Having had my appetite whetted by a few taster mouthfuls of Dohnut (formerly known as eating disorder) music via the band’s Facebook page, I was looking forward to taking a big bite out of the new album Eat More Cake.
No apologies for the punnery here, I couldn’t resist (as I say everytime I walk into a Gregg’s bakery) not least because the band obviously doesn’t take itself too seriously either.
The band, and I say band loosely, because the album suggests more collaboration than anything else - describes itself as a disco punk rave unit.
This is a fair description, but I would also hazard on heavy rock, electro, dub and house being in the mix too - a heady concoction, and one that defies regularity - and it works. Very well.
Recorded at Shirehead Studios and Lancaster Music Co-Op and produced by the infamous Mick Armistead and Dohnut, the album has an edgy, 3am festival feel – and brings together the best of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria’s underground music scene.
Guest and lead vocals from Lancaster’s Kerri Leyton, Jason Doghouse from Sicknote, and Samina Bukhari, among others, ensure an eclectic mix of lyrics and lyrical styles, which weave in and out of the spectrum of genres that run through the album.
Film samples abound too, and there’s heavy influence here from Bentham/Lancaster’s The Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co - via vocals, bass and guitar, but Dohnut remains the overarching sound and “nucleus”.
This is a party album – highlights for me being the rocksteady “hooked from the start” opener People in Dub, Hurt You with its great drums vs beats breakdowns and Doorsesque lyrics, the head shaking Vibrator – featuring some craftily re-arranged and very famous lyrics – and the funky as funk gets We Don’t Claim To Be.
The sonic Theme From Dohnut punk rocks its way to the end.
Like a massive sugar rush, expect euphoria, dizziness, physical and mental spasms and exhaustion by the end.
This is an original, conceptual and downright funky piece of music.
By Nick Lakin