By Jon Milton
Have you ever been in a work meeting where people talk quickly and aggressively but don’t say very much? Or worked somewhere where people make themselves look busy but don’t do very much?
'Ask me later', the new single by Public Body provides the perfect soundtrack to those workplace scenarios. It’s a relentlessly busy song, with spiky riffs flowing throughout, forming a caustic critique of workplace behaviours.
Racing along at a canter across its three and a half or so minutes, it’s a further missive of sharp observational post punk from the band whose previous output includes the similarly impressive ‘Presenteeism’ and ‘Naughty on My Bike’.
Photo by Chiara Gambuto
According to the band, Ask Me Later is ‘in its simplest form is a ruthless examination of routine. Perpetually stuck in a twisted chain of occupational self-improvement’ with singer Seb scathing in his review of the monotony ‘Morning meeting, weather update / Program shut down, let me out now’.
Production duties on the single sit with Theo Verney, the man behind the new and immense TRAAMS tune, and producer to other favourites of ours, Egyptian Blue and Home Counties. He also plays guitar in the band and appears alongside Seb Gilmore (guitars and vocals), Joe Stevens (bass) and Thom Mills (drums).
Public Body plan to release more music in 2020 before releasing their second EP in early 2021.