Dez Dare – Bonkers psych punk single, Dumb Dumb Dumb out today

Ahead of the June release of debut album, Hairline Ego Trip in June, Dez Dare gives us the first single, Dumb Dumb Dumb today. This is what happens when some people are let loose in lockdown.

Psych-hymns, Soft-punk, Good-times. Dumb Dum Dumb gives all of this in less than two minutes.

Built in the crystalline shadows and existential backwaters of the psyche, Dez Dare constructs psych-hymns, soft-punk, that punches you in the brain while tenderly calling you to inaction.

No other time calls for expression more than times of suppression. Trapped, caught in reclusion under the germs’ eye, Darren Smallman built a Frankenstein’s Monster within his house. Bolted together with old pedals, guitars and synths, a collection of tracks were produced that muse on existence, social normality and the illusion of reality.

The first fruits of which can be heard today in the contorted shape amid flashing dayglo colours of new single Dumb Dumb Dumb, lifted from the forthcoming new album Hairline Ego Trip, due this 4 June via Ch!mp Records.


I have a strong distaste for nationalism,” says Darren of the new single. “I want to push against entrenched views, closed borders and minds of large groups of the human race. There are a lot of fights happening at present around the world from climate to right-wing hysteria to unfettered capitalism and we need to work together as an animal of the same kind rather than separated by space, colour and tradition.

Gloriously homemade and rattling with over-driven energy and wild guitar blares, Dumb Dumb Dumb is an utterly infectious earworm that embeds itself deep within once digested, and the perfect introduction to Dez Dare, and Darren Smallman’s intoxicating world.

A native Australian, Darren grew up in Geelong, a port city in the state of Victoria, where he became involved in the local punk and rock scene which held him in good stead when he moved to the UK in 2010, where he has operated ever since.

On the forthcoming album: “This album is about the disconnect the human race has built between themselves and the natural world. How we are collapsing as a society through digital technology, capitalism, religion, nationalism. The failures of the human psych and the beauty in the world around us we fail to see.”

Hairline Ego Trip is out 4 June and is available for pre-order now.

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