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‘Dragon’s Blood’ is the first single from local hardcore punk outfit One Eight Seven from their upcoming second EP by the same name. It’s everything you’ve come to expect from the troublemakers with a few changes thrown in.
One Eight Seven is deeply committed to hardcore punk and this release is no exception. The guitar and bass are never without a bit of grit while new drummer Morgan O’Kennedy takes the reins with no difficulty as he chugs along. Kyle Lucky’s vocals show a slight shift in style here. Instead of that raspy baritone he’s favoured previously, he makes greater use of his higher register and thanks to a bit of double-tracking, the sound nods distinctively to The Offspring’s Dexter Holland.
The video has the grainy effect of a VHS tape all over it, and since it’s all shot in a handheld style this looks sort of like a home video. Most of it is a chaotic montage of punk culture. You’ll see leather, piercings, playful fisticuffs and… wait… was that a testicle? I’m not going back to look again but feel free to see for yourselves.
‘Dragon’s Blood’ captures One Eight Seven in their natural habitat. It’s punk and anarchy as a lifestyle and works brilliantly thanks to the style of video and solid lineup of musicians. Watch the video below.
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