Dusk @ The Wardrobe, Leeds, 21/07/16

Live at heat 10 of the 2016 Futuresound competition. Did they bring it? Of course they did.

Fresh from playing support slots for the likes of Krrum and Heir, Dusk now have their sights set firmly on playing Reading and Leeds Festival. The female fronted quartet have just graduated from Leeds College of Music and are looking to make their mark on the music world.

Dusk use dark synths and electronic beats to create a very interesting sound. Think the love child of “Nine Inch Nails” and “London Grammar”. For such a new band, they have a clear vision of the direction they are going musically and have reflected this excellently with the band’s look.

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It was an excellent, absorbing set that had the crowd captivated from start to finish. Holly Matthews’ expressive hand gesturing matched her airy vocals and the packed house seemed to love every minute.

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One particular highlight was the switching between bass guitar and synth bass. This is done by bass player Nathan Francey and works excellently with the keys from Sarah Hayes, to bring their unique dark sound to life in front of you.

The backbone of Dusk is Dom Reed, who combines Electronic samples with acoustic drums to provide the driving force behind the band.

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If you ever have the chance to see Dusk live, I would urge you to go and see them. They are one of a rapidly shrinking pool of bands that can reproduce their sound perfectly in a live environment and sometimes sound even better than studio recordings.

Since the writing of this article, Dusk have been crowned the winners of the Futuresound competition and will play the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds Festival. Be sure to check them out on Facebook by clicking the link below.

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