Something I intend to post on a semi regular basis (i.e. when I can be bothered) are five tracks I’ve been listening to repeatedly at a given time. Here’s August’s…
Garbage – Automatic Systematic Habit.
From 2011’s post hiatus ‘Not Your Kind Of People’, this relentless track melds squelchy basslines with irresistible drums and features frontwoman Shirley Manson at her acidic ‘f**k you’ best.
Deadmau5 ft. Gerard Way – Professional Griefers.
More infectious than a nasty case of genital warts, one of the standout cuts from ‘Album Title Goes Here’ also features a snotty, cryptic vocal from former My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way.
The Primitives – Crash.
If ever a song could be described as perfect, this comes pretty damn close – a three and a half minute mix of scuzzy guitars and immaculate pop hooks that’ll stick a dirty great grin on your face. Just try and remove this one from your cranium before the dawn of the next millenium. It’s impossible. The band are about to embark on a tour to mark the 25th anniversary of ‘Lovely’, the album this track is taken from – I suggest you check them out.
Nine Inch Nails – Came Back Haunted
A track from forthcoming LP ‘Hesitation Marks’, skittering along on an insistent drum machine rhythm and bleepy synths with an immediate, anthemic chorus, Came Back Haunted proves Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails are still as vital as they always have been. Few acts have this much longevity.
UB40 – Getting Over The Storm
One of the highlights from the band’s upcoming album of the same name. Lively horns abound on reggae-tastic Getting Over The Storm cements UB40 as kings of the genre.
(Irritatingly, this one isn’t available on YouTube – so no link for the moment!)