Thursday, February 14, 2019

Swine Tax's punk foray "Hold Your Own" has bark and bite

Swine Tax's track Hold Your Own is punk foray into the chaos of living in today's world where our economic conditions and happiness sometimes seems to be controlled by puppet masters. The strident guitar driven progs amplified by punchy bass and drums are all wrapped around each other in the best possibly way. At times, I thought of the most fervent Pixies' songs like Something Against You. The vocal performance feels fevered with tones of confusion and biting cynicism. Press Notes indicate that the song is a commentary on precarious employment and endemic loneliness within the U.K and that is the thing with Swine Tax, these boys incorporate their personal views about societal issues and how those issues trickles down on the common man, stuff all that angst into their music combining their potent sound with pile driving musicality and a wink and snarl vocal performance. Their punk diatribes carry the tradition of the genre battering against social and political constructs. Whatever this Tyneside trio (Vince, TK and Charlie) are putting out I want to hear and feel it. 

Following a home-town headline show at Star and Shadow cinema on March 22 nd, Swine Tax will begin their European tour in April 2019; this will culminate on April 20 th at Motel Mozaique Festival, Rotterdam.
Further dates to be announced shortly.
Swine Tax are currently working on new material for release in the spring of 2019.

Robb Donker

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