Single Review: Swine Tax's 'Conversation'
Before we start let me put all of my cards on the table and just say... I love Swine Tax and they completely stole my heart in 2018.
Truth be told their early stuff didn't initially excite me, but 'Feels Like' started to change all that and then the new logo and bright colours of 'Tory Water' caught my eyes and ears and, within 30 seconds of the audio, I was converted.
This is the 5th single to sport the band's new bright and beautiful single artwork, following: Tory Water, Thorns, Never Ending and Natural Causes (One of my submissions to our 2018 playlist).
Despite usually being reminiscent of the likes of semi legendary The Wedding Present and The 'Amighty' Fall, upon listening to this new song I'm hearing a vibe similar to their American cousins, Sonic Youth and Pavement as well as a splash of the new slacker generation Parquet Courts and Snail Mail.
If it was possible to have this place instead of the idle small talk about 'how's your uncle George's dog?' or 'how's Holly doing at her new school?' everyone would listen to this.
Leaning more toward hooks musically, more toward wordplay lyrically and more toward The Hit Parade than the devastating 'Natural Causes’, showing a willingness on this trio’s part to cover all their bases.
We get a jangly Pixies-esque lead guitar line to introduce this anti small talk banger.
Declarations that "your girlfriend is a Tory", someone "groaning on about his new gaff" and another one's "dreary story" raise a smile among the tales of aimless conversations.
Do you ever get the feeling that the track is about to fall apart? I know that can sound like a criticism but the suspense as to whether it’s a success or ends in chaos is worth sticking around for.
This apprehension keeps me on edge, keeps me wanting more, makes me wish that such nuance and intrigue would flow into more music as opposed to flat safe production that plagues even some of the most awesome artists today. That live sound, it’s got it, i want more of it.
One of the things that make Swine Tax stand out are these wonderful samples used to fill in the Middle 8, with a marvellous texture used so little nowadays in post punk. It shows that these lads know their stuff. Anyone who has followed the band's weekly "Swine Trax" Spotify playlist will understand.
2018 for Swine Tax has been amazing. Their music is being picked up by more publications and radio stations, their live shows are gathering a reputation for being unmissable and the tracks just get better and better and better.
If the music keeps up with this level of quality, 2019 will be a smash!