Other Half – Dark Ageism (REVIEW)

We were late to the party and shamefully only really discovered Other Half at ArcTanGent in 2023 and were instantly captivated by their loud and abrasive yet catchy sound, so after seeing them now numerous times since then it was a pleasure to receive an advance copy of their new album “Dark Ageism” for review ahead of its release on the 21st June on Big Scary Monsters

The opening track, “Lifted Fingers” sets the tone beautifully with its slacker nineties throwbacks reminiscent of Sebadoh. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a smokey afternoon, and the collaboration with Matthew Caws from Nada Surf reinforces that nostalgia trip with his unmistakeable voice.

“Strange Loop” picks up the pace with jagged, intense riffs that hit you square in the jaw while “Sucked It Sore” continues the momentum with dual vocals from Cal and Soapy and a deliciously twisty riff section around the two-minute mark. The album is a punch to the gut, full of thick bass tones and discordant guitars that blend harmoniously with Alfie Adams’ consistently solid drumming.

The vibe persists throughout Dark Ageism with cheeky little noodles scattered here and there that really elevate the songs. “Feeling For Yourself” opens with a beautiful wandering bassline and a slower tempo, featuring poetic spoken word and it’s a nice breather at the halfway point which showcases Other Half’s delicate side before they launch back in with “Farm Games” which has a bit of a mclusky(ish) / post punk vibe— which is never a bad thing.

“Bumps in the Night” is a sludgier track, but just when you think the pace is set, they switch it up again and batter it out relentlessly before they roll into “Dollar Sign Eyes” and “Rotator” where Soapy takes on lead vocal duties, propelling the tracks forward with heavy bass-driven dominance. “A Little Less Than Evil” is a slow builder that crescendos to some of the heaviest screams on the album while “Pastoral Existence” stands out as a personal highlight with its sick drumming and subtle layers of guitar noise assaulting you as they perfectly weave together with the bands adrenaline-fueled hooks.

Album closer, “Other Half VS The End of Everything” features Alexei Berrow of Johnny Foreigner on vocal duties, delivering spoken word meandering that leads into a big early era Idlewild-esque closing section before it all draws to an end with a final singalong that wraps up the journey. The band describes this album as “an account of life as a punk band three albums deep, dealing with the anxiety of being defined by something most people leave behind in their teens—a difficult sell to a world obsessed with climbing the big invisible ladder.”

So if you need some 90’s nostalgia but with a fresh twist this summer you’d do well to check out “Dark Ageism” when its released on the 21st June on Big Scary Monsters

You can order it here – https://orcd.co/darkageism

Other Half UK Tour Dates

*supporting Single Mothers

Tickets here

12/07 – 2000 Trees Festival

13/07 – Leeds, Key Club*

14/07 –  Glasgow, Hug & Pint*

15/07 – Manchester, YES*

16/07 – Nottingham, Bodega*

17/07 – London, New Cross Inn*

18/07 – Southampton, Joiners*

19/07 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach*

20/07 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds*

21/07 – Norwich, Voodoo Daddys*