Single Review: Mammal Club – Painting

By on Monday, 23rd April 2012 at 1:00 pm
 

Newcastle trio Mammal Club are releasing a new single next month, called ‘Painting’. I look upon most synth/guitar rock pairings with some suspicion: ever since MGMT hit the big time with ‘Kids’. it seemed like every new fledgling band I saw gig in Washington had a synthesiser in their live arsenal, not necessarily used to maximum effect. Seriously. I’ve gotten to the point where as soon as I see a Nord or Korg onstage for an opening band I think, oh god, not again, really?

Thankfully, Mammal Club does not fall in that category. And furthermore, lead singer/guitarist Wilson Astley’s voice is not one you will forget, with tinges of falsetto in the chorus of ‘Painting’, “of the corridors of our school…”, managing to sound both forlorn and expansive. Take a look at the second verse:

Tie a piece of string around,
An empty coat hook.
Reel it to the mess you’re in,
And tie a tight loop,
Around a piece of furniture,
Remembering to weave,
Via the place you first touched a girl on her breast,
Stopping by monuments of gross unhappiness…

When I thought about how I was going to write this review, I thought I better avoid all cute puns around the title of the single. But I can’t help it. What are the words doing in here? They’re ‘Painting’ a vivid picture of childhood, when things were simpler and you had different, lighter priorities. Where is your life now, when you compare it to the past? The synthesised and percussive elements fill in between the verses admirably, leading to a great and grand bridge and the repeated refrain towards a technically complicated climax. Good stuff.

8/10

‘Painting’, the new single from Mammal Club, will be released on the 21st of May on Everybody’s Stalking on extremely limited vinyl (300 copies) and via digital download. The single is accompanied with B-side ‘Toward You with Lust’, which we featured on this previous Video of the Moment. The band will be appearing at the Great Escape and Wakefield’s Long Division Festival this year.

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