What We've Been Listening To This Week...Public Body, Compliments, The Wytches, Ian Charles Carter, Perspex, Dense, Pit Pony
By Jon Milton
Leeds and Yorkshire bands have featured quite heavily in our playlists over the last month or so with the likes of Lumer, Mush, Magick Mountain and Yard Act standing out, but this week has seen three acts from the other end of the country (Brighton to be specific) taking centre stage in the form of Public Body, Compliments and the Wytches.
Public Body released their debut single Talking Show in 2019, with Presenteeism and Naughty on My Bike coming out earlier this year. New single ‘Ask Me Later’ is a bit of whirling dervish of a track that fizzes along breathlessly, a little bit like a turbo charged version of ‘Circusville’ from That Petrol Emotion’s debut album. It’s a relentlessly busy song, with spiky riffs flowing throughout, forming a caustic critique of workplace behaviours, and we have a full review of it here.
You may be forgiven for saying ‘who?’ about Compliments as they were only formed this year and have just released their first single ‘Roadblock’ this week. But their debut is an accomplished piece, cool and considered and written about escapism. The band list Joy Division, Queens of the Stone Age and Radiohead as influences, and I also get a hint of Echo and the Bunnymen in this particular single. Compliments have more releases up their sleeve for the coming months, and we will hopefully interview them in the coming weeks to find out more so watch this space. Roadblock was produced by Theo Verney who also produced (and played on) the Public Body single. Verney also produced the debut EP by Home Counties which we’ll have a review on next week on its release – there’s another great set of tunes on that one.
After a long hiatus, The Wytches returned with new singles ‘Cowboy’ and ‘A Love You’ll Never Know’ in June and July respectively, and they now have another new single out in the form of ‘Meat Chuck’. Taken from the new album ‘Three Mile Ditch’ which comes out in early October on their own Cable Code Records, Meat Chuck has some pretty heavy Nirvana/grungy overtones running through it to add to their trademark tremolo heavy sound, which I'm sure you'll agree is a rather nice touch.
East London based Ian Charles Carter released his debut single New Teeth earlier this year and has followed it up with a second single ‘Gold Blood’ this week. The Human Pet frontman’s debut was a bit of ribald post punk, but this new single is far more subtle, slower paced and reflective.
We interviewed Perspex a couple of months ago when they released ‘A Horse Named Stupid’ at which time they mentioned we could expect a few more singles and possibly an EP over the next few months. The first of these is new single ‘Big Cash Child’, a lively little number that perversely reminds me of the 'Do The Hucklebuck', but don’t let that put you off. They’ll never get to 3000 albums at this rate though...
Lastly this week, let’s talk about noise. Friday saw the release of the debut EP by Leeds band Dense (Yorkshire sneaks in yet again). Glorious noise underpinned by subtle melodies said I in my review of the EP and that’s exactly what it is. It does really require the volume to go right up and for all four tracks to be listened to in a single sitting, but it is an impressive debut. Read the full review here.
You might also want to turn up the volume to listen to ‘Opportunity Went’, the new single by North East based Pit Pony. The band made a real splash with their debut single Osaka last year and Opportunity Went is another top tune from them - thrashy, feedback soaked and in your face.