Friday, March 10, 2023

Answerman - "Black Heart"

Photo by Pat Piasecki

We tend to cover a lot of garage rock here at If It's Too Loud..., particularly if it's from Boston. A lot of that tends to fall into the power pop category and can stay fairly traditional. Answerman are pure garage rock, but they leave the typical Boston garage rock sound behind while still sounding like a Boston garage rock band. "Black Heart" just has this swagger to it. The song is doused with psychedelia without any shred of hippiedom attached to it. It's not quite punk, but that's only because it's surprisingly groovy. The song is like this unique mixture of The Hives, The Stooges, and Jello Biafra. As dark as the song gets, it stays a really fun rock and roll song.

Vocalist and guitarist Sam Pitino says of the new single:

“‘Black Heart’ is about living with depression and anxiety. It's about the thoughts that keep repeating in our heads while we're in that hopeless state. It's a feeling that we can all relate to – you just retreat inside your head and get on this treadmill of negative existential thoughts. It's not a good place at all. You feel trapped, alone, isolated and like there's no way out.”

You can listen to "Black Heart" below. Black Light Poster is due out April 21. For  more on Answerman, check out the band's website.

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