Dance With The Hunted

by Saboteurs

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Two introverts struggling with the mundanities of life in an East Midlands market town. Bottling it all up and ready to explode. The quiet ones are the worst they say but there's nothing quiet about Saboteurs' outpouring of pent-up emotions on their debut LP, 'Dance With The Hunted'.

The band's 2018 debut EP attracted a growing fan-base and recognition by BBC Introducing, Richer Sound's Artist of the Week and as finalists in Radio Wigwam's Rock Act of the Year. But shoulder surgery for their lead guitarist led to frustrations and a violent split with the rhythm section.

With the pressure valve on their creative outlet closed off, the band's songwriters - Ben Ellis (vocals/guitars) and Rick Whitehead (guitars/vocals) - went into a dark place. But this became the catalyst for an explosion of new material. The opening track, Splintered, was written soon after and it shows: 'The shame will never end but I'm coping on my own. The ones I left behind - they just fade out'.

In Over and Doubt, the chemistry between the songwriters becomes clear, 'This suffering will bind us to the end'. And it's a curious bond. The first four tracks juxtapose Whitehead's guitar-driven riffs with Ellis' melodic vocals and acoustic - contrasting styles glued together by the relentless pounding of drummer, Hamish Dickinson (who also produced the album at Phoenix Sound).

There's no let up with the soaring chorus of I Think My Face Hates Me or the brooding title track, Dance With The Hunted. There's no shortage of surprises either - from the acoustic led Break Down to the nu-metal screaming on Traces. And by the time it's all wrapped up in the thumping dystopia of Marooned, you're left wondering what it's all about but let it repeat. And repeat again.

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released May 4, 2019

All songs written and performed by Rick Whitehead and Ben Ellis. Produced, mixed and mastered by Hamish Dickinson at Phoenix Sound Studio, Mansfield, UK.

Drums and percussion performed by Hamish Dickinson.

Kirsty Marlog - additional vocals on Over And Doubt, Believe Nothing Hurts, Break Down, Marooned and I Think My Face Hates Me
Miles Kent - additional vocals on Break Down
Jamie Armstrong - additional vocals on Traces

Artwork by Anita Inverarity at inveraritygallery.com

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Saboteurs Lincoln, UK

Original alt-indie rock from Lincoln UK drawing on a range of influences - from folk to metal, post-punk to prog.

Vocals/Guitar - Ben Ellis
Guitar/Vocals - Rick Whitehead
Bass - Geoff Standeven
Drums - Pete Botterill
Vocals/Guitar - Kirsty Marlog
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Track Name: Splintered
Splintered
Lights - these spinning lights are blinding
Erase - not ever wanting to forget
The shame will never end But I'm coping on my own The ones I left behind They just fade out
Stains - these bloodied veils fall down The pain - I dedicate our loss to you
The shame will never end But I'm coping on my own
The ones I left behind They just fade out
Come here And take my hand Oh just come here And take this cursed band of gold
The shame will never end But I'm coping on my own The ones I left behind They just fade out
If I fall down, I won't stay down If you fall down, you will stay down You will stay down

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