Ducking Punches release new single ‘Distant Shadow’

Taken from the band’s upcoming album Alamort, out on 16 Feb via XtraMile Recordings. Have a listen! 

Unafraid to flaunt their literary chops, the title of this latest track is an intended lyrical play on the words of the Ancient Roman poet and philosopher, Horace: “Pulvis et umbra sumus. (We are but dust and shadow.)”

Swooping and diving with wild abandon, Distant Shadows never loses sight of their undeniable knack for earworm infested melodies and a clifftop-howling chorus.  Ramped up on reverb-drenched riffs and sporting a relentless percussive pummel, this dynamic latest single is surely only further evidence of Ducking Punches coming good on the promise of an altogether darker, heavier and more bruising affair for listeners keenly anticipating their latest long-player.

Dan Allen says about the track: “Distant Shadows is about drifting apart from friends through a lack of trying and a lack of common ground. It focuses on how fickle friendships are not healthy to have in your life. The title is a play on words, taking the line from Horace, and twisting the meaning.”

Distant Shadows was tracked and mixed at Crooked Rain Studio in Leeds by Bob Cooper (Nai Harvest / Citizen / The Orielles) and further mastered at Sonic Iguana Studio by punk-rock guru Mass Giorgini (Anti-Flag / Rise Against) – just like the previous two singles. A hat-trick of singles more daredevil than anything they have produced before, the choice of studio staff and resultant sound all begin to paint a picture of a band casting off any and all former folk associations and plummeting further and deeper into the realms of post-punk and hardcore.

Around the release of the album, the band will also be playing a series of live dates including a launch party at London’s The Lexington on 16 February and an un-missable hometown show at The Arts Centre in Norwich on 17 February. Plus, the band have just announced a run of shows across the UK for later in the year, with pit stops across Wales, Scotland and England.

Here are those 2018 tour dates:
16 February – The Lexington, London
17 February – The Arts Centre, Norwich
7 April – Peterborough, The Ostrich
8 April – Bristol, Crofter’s Rights
9 April– Leeds, TBC
11 April – Edinburgh, TBC
12 April – Warrington, Old Town House
13 April – London,Nightclub Kolis (The Lounge)
14 April – Brighton, Washed Out Festival
16 April – Nottingham, Bodega
17 April – Newport, Le Pub
18 April – Stourbridge, The River Rooms
19 April – Manchester, Manchester Punk Festival
27 April. Bolton, The Alma
28 April. Shelby. Pop Punk Pile Up Festival.