Dems – Gold
When London is troubled, the residents can feel it. For the last two years, South London trio DEMS made music and visuals in a Guardians space in the ruin of an abandoned post office in South London. Now, as has so much of London, that space has been taken by developers, sold off to make flats for the 1%, and the artists and makers and journalists trying to turn cheap rent into a living have been scattered.
The identity of London is fragmenting, the kids are fucked off, and DEMS reflect this in their music. The first of a series of new tracks asking what the city will become, Gold is one of DEMS’ lyrically darkest moments, contrasted with their most hugely exuberant pop chorus so far – a huge leap in distortion and power from debut album Muscle Memory and its critical praise from Mistajam, Huw Stephens, The Guardian, Aesthetica, i-D, Line Of Best Fit, MOJO and more.
Ranging back and forth across the “the state of St Albans” and the freakouts and breakups of its overwhelmed, jaded residents, DEMS’ new work is a huge step forward in sonic depth and thematic range for the three-piece. FIELDS is excited to bring the first of these new works to you. Stream ‘Gold’ below.