Writing deeply personal, emotive lyrics leaves you open to all sort of attack – which in some ways, is the beauty of it – but the one constant criticism of anything that dares to delve into one’s own inner turmoil is that it can be ’emo’. Apart from to a few floppy fringed, checkered glove wearing, skateboard holding middle class white kids, it’s somewhat of an insult, and one levelled at Freddy Ruppert throughout his career under his various different guises. Thankfully though, it hasn’t stopped him, and seems to have only made his work stronger, with his movement from the moniker of This Song is a mess but so am I to Former Ghosts marked with a notable step up in quality.
With a new year comes yet another name for him to add to his collection, with new project Dove Hounds popping up over the festive season. Teaming up with E. J. Smith and I. Jameson, he carries over his simplistic, brutal use of synth, love of the industrial beats and chilling vocals for a work more subdued than those that came before it. The discography, at this point, is still quite slim, with two demos showcasing what is to be expected – stripped back, spacious and predictably excellent.