Ranging from the more contemplative ‘Hope And Fade’ to the full on ‘Tensions’, the full release is available now.
Inspired by post-punk-new-wave icons such as Joy Division, Depeche Mode and The Cure, Den Haag are also a band with something new to say. Named after The Hague international criminal court – hence the album name ‘Trials and Tributes’ – they are looking to create music sprung from the grass-roots of their chosen genre, stripping it down to make their recordings sound as raw and live as possible.
This is post-punk/new wave built around a powerful bass guitar and drums foundation that does a very solid job of complimenting the lead guitar lines and vocals – a simple, four piece structure that has worked for decades and yet still has a way of sounding raw and grounded. It makes for a compelling listen.
By eschewing the usual production techniques, Den Haag have created a rough around the edges sound that genuinely draws the listener in. Standing at six tracks, the EP showcases a true sense of identity which not only makes for a strong first release, but bodes well for the future.