Denied, A Gritty Grunge Reverie by Dry Run

Denied is an anthem of disheartened yearning, encapsulated within a Grunge and Alt-Rock fusion that pays homage to the distorted allure of the 90s. The track weaves a hypnotic groove, seamlessly transitioning between a Drop-D fuzz-laden chorus reminiscent of the 90s grunge era and an 80s-inspired melodic verse. The lyrical narrative pulses with frustration, echoing a dark, brooding introspection that ultimately dissolves into despondent desperation. It’s a haunting portrayal of hopes dashed, futures dim, and the elusiveness of respite. Dry Run, a Brighton-based outfit, has been electrifying audiences with their high-octane live performances since their formation in 2022. Often described as the “catchy love child of the Melvins and Mudhoney,” they deliver a dynamic blend of hefty riffs interwoven with infectious grooves. Their sonic palette spans from Radiohead-esque dark, introspective melodies to the discordant intensity of Lightning Bolt.


Looking forward, Dry Run plans to set stages ablaze across the UK, rounding off 2023 with a bang and welcoming 2024 with renewed fervor. They’re slated to record their second EP at Brighton’s esteemed Salvation Studios in October 2023, marking their inaugural physical release. Dry Run comprises George Eddy on bass, Mark Lane on vocals, John Briginshaw on drums, and Stuart Rushforth on guitar. Their live performances are a force to be reckoned with, driven by powerful layered guitar work and a charismatic frontman. The chemistry between band members is palpable, resulting in a show that marries the gritty intensity of their music with an infectious, upbeat energy.

Drawing comparisons to early Faith No More and the raw essence of Nirvana’s “Bleach” era, Dry Run’s live sets are a high-octane rollercoaster. Their music, imbued with haunting resonance and raw emotion, strikes a chord that reverberates long after the last note fades. In the words of Absolute Magazine, “They blast through their set at a frenetic pace… There are shades of early Faith No More and ‘Bleach’ era Nirvana, in both sound and delivery… right up until the end of their sweaty blow-out of a set.”

Their debut EP, born from a resolve to transform raw demos into a noteworthy musical endeavor, delves into the complexities of lockdown emergence, information overload, fractured relationships, missed opportunities, and the reclamation of self. The drumming prowess on this release was provided by none other than the legendary Adam Betts, known for his work with Jarvis Cocker, Heritage Orchestra, and Three Trapped Tigers.


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