Single Review: Swine Tax's 'Hold Your Own'

Single Review: Swine Tax's 'Hold Your Own'

I'm sure most of us are more than sick to the teeth of seeing sadacts plastered around the media and listening to numb minded people drone on about how their problems are not their own fault, blaming everyone but themselves with no determination to do right by themselves or anyone else.
'Hold Your Own' is the kick up the arse that some of these people need, and it is delivered to us by the one and only Swine Tax.

The pungent satire embedded through the whole of this song is a tricksy punch aimed at contemporary society and those who dwell within it. A song that a lot of us need to hear.

Released on the 2nd of February, 'Hold Your Own' delivers a mixed mindset of lyrics and concise yet driving and fast instrumentals. The whole song is pulsed along by the bass line which is played with pristine swiftness, opening the song and providing a fun rhythm.
Overdriven power chords are layered over the top, ditching Vince's usual whiney and alien guitar effects for much more whole and rounded ones; a different yet fitting alternative.

That said, the lyrics, vocals, spoken-word sections and retro audio clips are still true to Swine Tax's usual jam. It wouldn't be a Swine Tax song without those elements.
If I had the lyrics written out in front of me, without knowing the song, I'd know that this was a Swine Tax song. The spirit and irony that the band inhabit in all of their their tracks is loud enough on paper, never mind in their songs too.

Photography: Graeme J Baty

Photography: Graeme J Baty

'Hold Your Own' is no exception, and this new addition to their roster encapsulates their fed-up frustration, I mean it really reaches out and smacks you in the face.
Their loud pride, left-wing and youthful, British opinions are not to be missed out on experiencing. Stand out lines include: “So mind your business, I'm ambitious!”, “I get home, detach my grin and sulk until my wife comes in”, “I complicate my pride with cake”.

The song itself actually reminds me of something that the Beastie Boys would write...
Don't get me wrong, Swine Tax haven't started rapping and getting arrested abroad, but the tight guitar and shouty statements (paired with the irony and slightly controversial opinions) gives me a slight glimpse of Ad Rock and MCA. A worthy comparison.
This song also reminds me of something that would be on Weezer's Blue Album; wielding some of the same qualities and potential for long lasting impressions.

'Hold Your Own' is very much another classic display of Swine Tax's northern, working stiff, conscious attitude. I really love this song and it's meaning is very relevant.

Be sure to head down to their release show at the Star and Shadow on the 22nd of March!

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