On Monday Death Rattle (Helen and Chris) release their debut EP HE&I via Frontal Noize, but if the thought of listening to twee wife/husband drivel puts you off, stick around, because this definitely isn't drivel.

Listening to the dark electronics showcased on HE&I are more likely to drown you in paranoia than cupcakes and flowery dresses.

Thanks to our powers of persuasion, you can now listen to the entire thing ahead of its release on Monday. Not only that, but the duo have put together a track-by-track guide to aide you on your journey. Have a listen and make sure you buy it (assuming you like it) over at their website.

  • The Remedy @ Tooting Tram & Social Tooting, 12/10/2012
  • Gambrinus Pub Cluj-Napoca, 23/10/2012
  • Toldi Klub Budapest, 24/10/2012
  • Klub K4 Ljubljana, 25/10/2012
  • Gun Club Belgrade, 26/10/2012
  • Berghain/Panorama Bar Berlin, 28/10/2012
  • Das Gängenviertel Hamburg, 30/10/2012
  • Amsterdam Dance Event @ Winston Amsterdam, 31/10/2012
  • The Tudor Wigan, 02/11/2012
  • BLOC Bar Glasgow, 03/11/2012

The Dig

The Dig was the first track we wrote together and perfectly describes the feelings we had a the time - of locking ourselves away somewhere remote and working hard in the pursuit of establishing a sound we could call our own - the metaphorical 'dig'. It's strange how our very first song came out sounding so confident but this likely came from a feeling of being completely liberated to do anything we wanted to without any musical boundaries or expectations - we hadn't even named the band at this stage.

Do As You Please

Another track from our first writing session together, Do As You Please was the pure, cathartic release of a lot of pent up emotion and tension from the breakup of the previous band we were both in. The sad reflections within the verse lyrics push against the driving and more defiant choruses as it continues to build in momentum towards the end. It's a song that takes me back to those raw emotions whenever I hear or perform it.

Fixer

We were pretty excited when we wrote this track. It shows a totally different side to our sound and borders on pop which we were quite wary of at first but felt its dark lyrics about depression and its strong percussive beats help to bring it back in line with the darker tone of our other songs. It was refreshing to write something that sounded so contrasting to the other more brooding, pulsating songs. The lyrics describe someone relentlessly trying to help you feel better but knowing inside that there's nothing they can do to fix you.

Mouse Chorus

Another track that highlights a softer side to our sound, this song was named Mouse Chorus because we thought the synth melodies sounded like a chorus of mice singing. I like the odd sounding synth lead lines throughout the song which contrast against the soft and repetitive, trance-like vocal melodies. This song describes the reliance of two people on one another and how you can crave and become accustomed to the protection of someone else when you're particularly vulnerable.

Sorry For Your Loss

We chose this track to close the EP for the strong sense of finality about it. It was another song that stemmed from the feelings of loss after the sudden break-up of our former band with the lyrics written in the third person offering self-directed advice; "Your ears will slowly mend and they will hear this sound again" - reassurance to myself that I would be able move on from the past and continue to write and enjoy making music.