Track of the Day: Northern Irish act Dutch Schultz peddle an idiosyncratic blend of noisy and melodic rock

The band hail from various parts of Northern Ireland, but coalesced around the Belfast scene where they have been a mainstay since their formation, abusing stages in some of the city’s most notable venues.

Dutch Schultz highlights include their debut single ‘It Bends in the Middle’ featured in Kerrang’s ‘Top 10 songs you should hear now’ list, support slots with Therapy, blistering performances at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and the legendary Cormac Battle (Kerbdog) featuring on guest vocals in their single Big Dime. The band has also been highly praised by the likes of HotPress, AU Magazine, BBC Across The Line, Chordblossom and many more making them one to watch!

Emerging, Northern Irish alternative rock band, Dutch Schultz are set to release their highly anticipated, infectious, fierce and bold new single ‘Levil9’

In typically perverse fashion the band released their third album Friends Like Brutus in 2020 during the pandemic. The album, produced by Russ Russell (The Wildhearts, Machine Head) received rave reviews, despite the band being unable to gig or tour due to restrictions. Most recently the band locked itself away to write and record a series of singles to be released in 2022 and 2023.

The track is set to mark a turning point in thebands music career,

With distinctive vocals, crashing energetic drums, driving guitars and an infectious beat, this song is set to go down a hit and to be played loud! These guys make a sound that is so unique, it makes them stand out from the crowd!

Levil9 encapsulates Dutch Schultz’s modus operandi of loud melodic rock. Written during the pandemic it was self-produced and recorded in frontman Willy Mundell’s garage studio.

Dan Austin (The Pixies, Doves, You Me At Six) was drafted in to mix the single giving it a suitably “muscular” sound.

 “Levil9 started as a joke, equating to the Spinal Tap guitar amp that goes to 11 – as a song, Levil9 is the thing that you’re best at and how good you think or know you are at it, and it’s a feeling. When everything is shitty around you, you can turn to whatever your thing is and forget your frets”.

The band say of the song:

“Following the release of our last album, we found a real joy in writing music, and sharing ideas or songs we like with each other.

With Levil9, we wanted to create a song that captured that uplifting energy, one of those songs where if the listener is having a bad day and they put it on, it brings them around a little, and psyches them up to rise to whatever challenge they are facing.”


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