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Being a naturally inquisitive type, after I saw Yammerer play last month, I thought I’d check out the other acts on their label Restless Bear. There’s two that sit on their Bandcamp page, Deh Yey and Gravves, and they recently released a split EP on vinyl featuring two tracks from each band. Both bands are intensely noisy with a bit of shouting thrown in to boot, which is absolutely fine by me.
Deh Yey are a two-piece band from Chester who joined the label last year, having previously self-released two singles Speedy Quicksedge and Death and Politics (about US gun culture) in 2018. Their contribution to the EP features two new tracks Danephesians 4.31 and A Matter of Life and Likes, which like their previous singles are dark riff heavy and politically aware. We were keen to find out more the band, and they kindly agreed to answer a few questions about themselves…
For anyone that’s never heard of Deh Yey, describe yourselves:
DEH-YEY are a heavy punk band based in Chester. Being a two piece, we started out trying to sound like the White Stripes (obviously) and then (singer/guitarist Cash) Burns realized that shouting at the audience was way more fun than failing to write a half decent blues jam…so we just went heavier.
You have a split EP out on vinyl via Restless Bear, talk us through Danephesians and A Matter of Life and Likes (musically + lyrically).
Danephesians 4.31 is our take on the Bible, I tried to just take the piss and poke holes lyrically. Musically we wanted something fairly simple but PHAT.
A matter of life and likes is just about us sheep being glued to our phones. I wanted to take the music a bit further on this one and tried making the listener feel a bit motion sick, speeding up, slowing down and throwing you all around.
You manage to get a massive sound out of just drums, vocals and guitar, how hard is it to write music? Have you ever considered expanding the line up?
Its dead easy in the rehearsal rooms to bang out a jam sometimes, my writing has adapted to the two-piece set up over the years so I’m not finding it as difficult anymore. We’re not looking to extend the line up any time soon…
Which bands have inspired you?
Girl Band, IDLES, Future of the Left, Shame, Black Midi
If you could choose any bands to support out on tour who would it be?
We’d love to support and chat to Girl Band, we love their madness.
What radio stations would you love to hear yourselves being played on?
All the radio stations…
What’s the plans for 2020?
Gigs, more singles and other miscellaneous band shit.
The band play the Salty Dog in Northwich on the 28th February with the 99 Degree and Red Stains, Off the Square in Manchester on the 3rd March, Yes in Manchester on the 14th March and M2TM in Wrexham on April 18th. You can follow the band via their face book here to receive updates on all tour dates and releases and via Restless Bear here. You buy the EP here
We hope to have an interview with Gravves soon.