SINGLE REVIEW | DECLAN WELSH AND THE DECADENT WEST | AW THE TIME

Declan Welsh and The Decadent West return with more new music.

Your favourite East Kilbride fourpiece are back with new music! Declan Welsh and The Decadent West have unleashed ‘Aw The Time’ this week following last month’s ‘Impermanency’. Both tracks are taken from the upcoming ‘Impermanency’ EP which is set for release on July 4th 2022 has been a big year for the quartet so far; from smashing three sell-out nights at Tuts, to sharing a stage on tour with Twin Atlantic, these guys are on an upwards trajectory.

The best is yet to come for Welsh and co as this week they have also announced their biggest headline show to date at Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland Ballroom on November 18th. Truly one of the best live acts on the scene at the moment, their energetic and charismatic live shows are unmatched, this is a night you don’t want to miss! This moment in time marks a development in the groups career which is incredibly well deserved. Their dedication and hard work seem to be paying off as they continue to rack up support from big names in the press and on radio.

The new EP reflects a progression in the group’s sound as they continue to grow and mature with each new record. Sonically, ‘Aw The Time’ gives post punk energy right from its infectious opening riff. Welsh’s commanding spoken voice delivers poetic lyrics over thick guitar and a roaring rhythm section which creates an intoxicating layered sound. Accompanying the single is a brilliant new video, watch it below for some sleep deprived trainspotting vibes.  

The sonic soundscape creates a mood which perfectly embodies the tracks lyrical content. We’ve all experienced that feeling of insomnia, of staying up until 6am staring at the ceiling then sleeping through the day. Welsh’s poetic lyricism remains as captivating and interesting as ever.

Welsh commented: “As much as I’m starting to think that it’s good that what I mean in a song and what people take from a song can be totally different things, this to me is pretty obviously just about insomnia. I’ve always struggled sleeping and written nearly every tune between the hours of 12am-5am. It’s probably most reflective of that point where you just start to lose your mind a little bit through lack of sleep, and it actually becomes fun. For about 3 and a half minutes. Then it’s shite again”.

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