Dikembe Seethe Earnestness on Searing 'Gets Harder'

Gainesville emo-punks get heavy and melodic for their new album, 'Mediumship'

Dikembe 'Gets Harder' Mediumship Stream
Dikembe gets harder still Photo by Andrew Wells
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We most recently heard from Dikembe in the SPIN Singles Mix — the Floridian punks wowed us with a moody sprawler that veered into post-rock territory even as it bumped up against the recent emotings of the excellent Cloud Nothings. That song hailed from the quartet's second album, Mediumship, arriving August via Tiny Engines, and now we've got an aptly titled second taste, "Gets Harder." Heard below, the new song combines strained shouts, grungy guitar, yearning melody, and a sound that creeps and surges in time. (There's a little Pixies in there too, we'd venture to say.) "I never said anything that I didn't mean," quavers Steven Gray, and you believe him without question — this is earnest stuff, and further fuel to the fire of anticipation. In July, Dikembe tour with San Diego's Weatherbox. Dates below.

Dikembe tour dates (with Weatherbox):

July 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
July 12 - Charlotte, NC @ Area 15
July 13 - Chapel Hill @ Local 506
July 14 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
July 15 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
July 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
July 17 - Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
July 18 - Albany, NY @ The Ice House
July 19 - Long Island, NY @ The Woodshop
July 20 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
July 22 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
July 23 - Toronto, ON @ The Cave at Lee's Palace
July 24 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's
July 26 - Chicago, IL @Township
July 27 - St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
July 29 - Lawrence, KS @ Art Closet Studio
July 30 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
July 31 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
August 2 - San Francisco, CA @ TBD
August 3 - Pomona, CA @ Growing Up is Dumb Fest
August 5 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
August 6 - Murrieta, CA @ The Dial
August 7 - Mesa, AZ @ 51 West

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