Speaking about close-to-the-bone subject matter that inspired the track, Dan Allen said:
"Sobriety is a song that outlines a lot of my addictive personalities, something myself and a bunch of my friends have struggled with over the years."
With the album's title taken from an archaic term meaning 'half dead from exhaustion', Alamort offers a solemn pretext to the nerve-shattering lifestyle and backbreaking work ethic that formed the backdrop of this often brutally honest record. Allen said:
"Alamort seemed a fitting title for what myself and the band had been through recently. Some of these songs are frighteningly honest but it has been really therapeutic to write. Themes of the album range from crippling self-doubt to death, friendship, love, witch-hunters, addiction and hope."
Given the intense circumstances and frenzied emotions that occupied the writing process, it is perhaps unsurprising that the sound of this record finds the band meddling with musically darker arts. Casting off any former folk associations, on Alamort Ducking Punches veer wildly into post-punk and hardcore territories with a resultant sound more daredevil than anything that they've produced before.
Alamort 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).
1. With Unfounded Hope
2. Smoking Spot
3. Distant Shadows
4. Missing You Is Killing Me
5. The Club With No Name
6. Witches of Valais
8. Face the Faxe
9. I Ruin Everything
10. I Was Uncomfortable
Around the release of the album, the band will also be playing a series of live dates including a launch party at London's Lexington on 16 February and an unmissable hometown show at The Arts Centre in Norwich on 17 February.
Catch Ducking Punches at the following dates in 2018 with plenty more to come. Keep checking our Gigs page:
16 London @ The Lexington
17 Norwich @ The Arts Centre
27 Bolton @ The Alma
28 Shelby @ Pop Punk Pile-Up Festival
05 Bergisch, Germany @ Rock am Kuhteich
25 Hamburg, Germany @ Gängeviertel Festival
26 Braunschweig @ B58
16 Bavaria, Germany @ Indie Festival
13–15 Tábor, Czech Republic @ Mighty Sounds