Thursday, June 2, 2022

Lawn - "Night Life"

Photo by Victoria Conway

We tend to bring you a lot of post-punk here at If It's Too Loud..., and lately it's been more of a modern sounding post-punk. It will be post-punk infused with pop, or shoegaze, or any other genre. Chicago's Lawn are bringing us just straightforward, pure, old school post-punk on their latest single, "Night Life." If this was any kind of hybrid sound it would be DEVO meets Gang Green, which is two separate post-punk sounds. It's the kind of song that has a sense of fun and celebration, but also a bit of a darker sonic edge to it.

Rui DeMagalhaes says of the band's new single:

"I was at a bar in DC shortly before the pandemic started when I met this washed up dude who said he had been a live tech for Todd Rundgren, A few drinks in, he went on a tirade against what he perceived as 'weak manners' among millennials and Gen Z musicians, saying that we’ve gotten lazy and soft. He offered to show me around his favorite dives, saying that he was in aa constant search of the night life. The song is written from the perspective of a character loosely based on him, a Don Quixote-like figured who has overstayed his welcome but is oblivious to this. "On an added note, he complained that Rundgren fired him for being a booze hound and an overall liability. He still seemed pretty resentful about losing the gig, but also played in a Rundgren cover band around the area. To be honest, I don’t know how truthful this man was, but I suppose it does not matter."

You can listen to "Night Life" below. Bigger Sprout is due out July 15 on Born Yesterday Records. The album can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp. For more on Lawn, check out the band's website.

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