Building on a turbulent-yet-successful debutant year, UK punk rock outfit HELL’S DITCH are back with their fourth single to-date, a hearty dose of punk rock, out today through Berlin-based label Krod Records.
Following early plaudits and coverage from BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P. Carter at The Rock Show, celebrated punk rock troubadour Frank Turner, and Kerrang! Magazine, Hell’s Ditch have their latest single ‘The Scrape’ out today through all good DSP’s.
Commenting on the track, vocalist Nick Davis said: “The Scrape explores the relationship between life and work. Living, surviving, and just merely existing. In our experience, and in so many others, work is rewarded with a metaphorical punch to the gut, but realising that the deck is stacked against you comes with it’s own problems too. How do you move forward. This song speaks to that frustration”.
Teaming up once again with Sam Cook (Ducking Punches, Harker) and Mass Giorgini (Rise Against, Anti-Flag, Alkaline Trio) at the production helm, ‘The Scrape’ is the fourth single to be shared by the band, but offers up a contrasted side to their trade-mark So-Cal inspired punk-stylings, with a characterful performance from vocalist Nick Davis.
Earning their stripes in the underground touring circuit, the members of Hell’s Ditch met while touring in previous bands well known in the UK and European punk scene including River Jumpers, Bad Ideas, Dearist, Maycomb, Chief and Knock Out Kaine. Acts which shared stages with the likes of Anti-Flag, H2O, Reel Big Fish, Mad Caddies and The Swellers as well as appearing at the prestigious Download, Groezrock and Rebellion festivals during their tenures. After these acts dissolved the group joined forces to begin crafting a set of songs with the intention of making it their most ambitious work to date.
Despite choosing a difficult year to launch a new project, their quality quickly shone through earning the ear of BBC Radio 1’s The Rock Show DJ Daniel P. Carter, BBC Introducing DJ’s, as well as John Kennedy at Radio X and personal selection from celebrated punk rock troubadour Frank Turner in his personally curated ‘One Foot Before The Other’ playlist.
Releasing their debut singles at the start of the year through a trio of independent labels (Disconnect Disconnect, RoseColoured Records, Bypolar Records), the band were preparing for a busy year of touring and summer festivals including Manchester Punk Festival, and Call of the Wild Festival, as well as a sold-out hometown release show - all of which were cut short as COVID-19 began to take root.
Despite the hurdles, Hell’s Ditch managed to hit the ground running earning the ear of BBC Radio 1’s The Rock Show DJ Daniel P. Carter, BBC Introducing DJ’s, as well as John Kennedy at Radio X and personal selection from celebrated punk rock troubadour Frank Turner in his personally curated ‘One Foot Before The Other’ playlist.
Hell’s Ditch have begun to announce the first of their planned UK tour dates for 2021, including a string of shows with Chicago punk-export Kali Masi. Tickets are available here.