Ah. Life must have been going pretty good for the Leeds based Duo, who have just released their slow-dance debut album, ‘Seafoam’. Which, to be honest, is pretty fucking bleak. But there are ginormous reasons as to why its kicking up such a stir.
This slow flange-y-wange-y-wange induced coma is instrumentally emotionless, fuzz-rock has just been repeated way too many times over the past few years to be credited as a unique sound. It has lost its groove, and its grit. Despite this, ‘Seafoam’ has some pretty interesting and significant topics to discuss.
Lucinda Livingstone, the duo’s tortured vocalist and guitarist, injects themes of depression, anxiety, feminism and politics within her work. Alas, what makes Livingstone’s lyrics even more exclusive is the fact that unlike other vocalists, she doesn’t shroud everything in a vast maze of metaphors. What she discusses is raw, courageous and straight to the point.
Take ‘KG Go to the pub’ for example, the feminist punk track tackles the idea of ‘lad’ culture and its sexual abuse of women in bars and venues. On the meaning of the song, Livingstone stated that: “It’s a big fuck you to everyone that’s ever abused someone’s personal space or cat called or said something hurtful. I hate it, I hate seeing it happen. It’s SO important to challenge this behaviour and call it out. It makes me angry even talking about it, but this song is for every survivor or victim that’s unfortunately experienced this kind of abuse.”
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The albums concluding song, ‘I don’t want to be sad forever’ criticises and reflects the state of the world and the inevitable shit-heap that is modern day politics. “We don’t need your technophobia, we need freedom, we don’t need your segregation…” An exiting asking of unity, Livingstone begs for change, notifying that she doesn’t want to be sad forever. She doesn’t want to have to experience the world throwing itself into the shit, especially when no one has a shit shovel.
Despite ‘Seafoam’s’ instrumental floors, lyrically it is a work of art with heavy reflection on topics of modern day life for the youth of the world. It resonates in all forms of counter-culture, which many believed to have died after the sixties. Well, ‘Seafoam’ is one of the many evidential albums that just so happens to prove that theory wrong.
‘Seafoam’ is available now via Big Scary Monsters Recording Company. The full track-listing for the album is as follows…
01. One Young Man
03. Teenage Feelings
04. Good For Nothing
05. KG Go To The Pub (ft. Ren, Petrol Girls)
06. Lights & Sounds
08. Weaker Than
09. Unhealthy Love
10. I Don’t Want To Be Sad Forever