Single Review: 'Grand Prix' by Swine Tax
Get racing to your nearest streaming service and spin the new Swine Tax single, ‘Grand Prix’ it’s ace.
I mean it’s their 10th single in two years, and if they were all released as an album it would be on any self respecting person’s top ten list of the year.
The recently Tom Robinson endorsed band are local BBC Introducing favourites and one of the best live bands I’ve every seen. They join a really tasty array of up and coming acts embracing the energy and ethos of the golden period of late seventies post punk, taking it in new and inventive directions much like Working Men’s Club, Fontaines D.C and Squid.
So what of ‘Grand Prix’? well, we are jolted into life by it’s pace right out of the gate with its angular guitar work and absolutely relentless drum groove. This foundation is soon joined by a new element to the classic Swine Tax sound; a beautifully noisey synth fading in and out of ear shot.
I love the amount of space and atmosphere in this record, and to build your chorus on that idea is something that I feel only this band could do in a way that makes it this awesome. As a counterpoint, the guitar solo at the end is just filthy with all that distortion.
Special props to bass man Tom, I don’t know if it’s these new headphones of mine but that high part in the chorus is such a sweet little lick that I wanted to take time to wright about it. Hooky would be proud.
What's more, the call and response vocals are just as delightful, almost as if the lads were having an argument directly with “the man”.
And, if said oppressive entity heard it, I have no doubt they would give in and and accept that this band can and will exist on their own terms. We all know that’s what makes them special.