Die Shellsuit, Die!

An Alternative Music Magazine


“The Rising Tide (part 2) : Hear No Evil” out 24th January 2011 “Superb - 8/10" - Rock Sound.

“An exciting album of blazing, streetwise British promise” / ”an excellent album"8/10 - Metal Hammer.

“so eyeball-poppingly angry you can’t help but be swept along” / ”Inspiring.” KKKK - Kerrang!

“The UK’s true Underground heroes make an album that deserves to be heard by everyone, now” - Subba Cultcha.

“A kind of positive chip on the shoulder from the gut/heart” - Organ.

Djevara are a DIY three-piece alternative rock band based in North London, England. The band decided to release "The Rising Tide" in two parts, in order to reflect the path of descent/ disintegration, followed by the recovery/re-affirmation they felt in their own lives. While Part 1, "Corsa Al Ribasso" (i.e. ’race to the bottom’ in Italian), was a scathing, disturbingly honest internal reflection on the darkest, most personal parts of the mind through horrendous times, "Hear No Evil" is about the road back... healing scars, wiping the blood off, and against all odds, returning to fight back.

“Hear No Evil” was recorded live, straight to tape at Ranscombe Studios in Kent. The centre piece ("The Tort of False Light") is an open letter to one of Bass’s own cousins, who infuriatingly still refuses to escape from an abusive relationship, and throughout this record the band rail against the apathy and hypocrisy of a world of non-participating observers which allows and accepts scenarios like this and worse to exist. The band are further fired on by the endless hordes of cynics, critics and other parasites who (ironically) dismiss this kind of message for exactly the reasons they describe. But this is not a record for them - it is a soundtrack for those who also find themselves among The Disconnected—everyone who is unrepresented by the official channels of power, sick of everything from paying for wars that disgust us, sick of the casual racism/sexism/injustices that pervade our everyday existence, sick of watching another century go by as a rich, powerful minority continue to rape and pillage the earth as the rest of us suffer the consequences. Though born in Scotland, Bass’s (Usuyak Bassey’s) family originally come from Zimbabwe and Nigeria and he has very real, first-hand and personal experiences of the everyday tragedy of The Forgotten World. This is the sound of a band returning to its roots at the front line.

It is now no longer clear where the line between hardcore and alternative rock starts or ends, or which side the band sit in. Djevara are genre-less, playing a heavy but unpretentious progressive rock music with punk attitude and abandon which nods to many genres, but is a slave to none. All to be expected from a band who are as big fans of Saul Williams as Refused, and of Massive Attack as of Botch.