July 9, 2024

Indelible Scars returns with ‘Darkly Dreaming’ single to raise awareness about Lyme disease

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Indelible Scars is the Sheffield based electronic music project of former Seven Words songwriter and Hand Held Halo Productions founder Neil Houldridge and serves “as a cathartic exploration of the human condition”.

Out now is “Darkly Dreaming”, is a deeply personal exploration into Neil’s psychological struggle with Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is a vector-borne disease caused by Borrelia bacteria, which are spread by ticks in the genus Ixodes. The most common sign of infection is an expanding red rash, known as erythema migrans (EM), which appears at the site of the tick bite about a week afterwards. Approximately 70–80% of infected people develop a rash. Early diagnosis however can be difficult. If untreated, symptoms may include loss of the ability to move one or both sides of the face, joint pains, severe headaches with neck stiffness or heart palpitations. Months to years later, repeated episodes of joint pain and swelling may occur. Occasionally, shooting pains or tingling in the arms and legs may develop. Despite appropriate treatment, about 10 to 20% of those affected develop joint pains, memory problems, and tiredness for at least six months.

Neil explains: “‘Darkly Dreaming’ is an exploration into my own personal struggle with the disease. Along with the recent work by the UK artist Ren who viscerally chronicles his own experience, I hope in some small way to raise awareness of Lyme disease and prevent further avoidable infections.”

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Bernard - Side-Line Staff Chief editor
Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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