by Joe McNulty
Cambridge Indie- Punk newcomers “Grieving”, deliver a raw and unapologetic guitar driven power punk track in “No Sleep”, that is bursting with the energy and fluid guitar progression that you’d expect from a band of their calling. Their name would suggest a much darker translation to their music. But, from the first note, you’re confronted with a melodic guitar hook that immediately has you picturing an early daytime slot at a festival with the sun beating down on you. Although the music is of the more positive and buoyant variety, the lyrics hold a darker side that are more characteristic of a band named “Grieving”.
From the first words uttered in the opening verse, there is an immediate resemblance in the accent and tone of the lead singer to that of Billy Bragg. So much so, I had to stop the song and Youtube Billy Bragg – New England, just to ensure I hadn’t gone mad. My insanity’s still intact. It’s no coincidence, considering that the legendary singer and political activist grew up a mere 54 miles south down the M11, in Barking. Grieving’s debut song is about the torment that one suffers from having a bout of insomnia, and how this inability to sleep can incapacitate you beyond the point of burden. Bass player Jack Hurst described in an interview with The Fader music blog that:
“Lyrically it’s about a previous bout of insomnia, how it can burden and disorientate you, especially as you get that little bit older and responsibilities weigh down on you further.”
In the second verse there is a reference to the drug Zopiclone used to treat insomnia, suggesting this is the answer to the sufferers woes. But, this is quickly dismissed with the realisation the it’s a change in lifestyle that is required, with the line, “All I need is a healthy diet and some peace and quiet”. Sometimes your body can’t keep up with the extremities we experience and our minds suffer as a consequence. Although the lyrics represent that of an unpleasant experience, the band never stray from the upbeat indie-punk vibes present throughout the track, and leave me with the impression that they’re the kind of act who need to be experienced live in order to fully appreciate them, due to the energy they possess.
Having recently played support to the likes of Tellison, and Muncie Girls over the last few months, “No Sleep” will be the band’s debut single, one of six they hope to release over the coming year, and can be heard via the following link: