Swine Tax: Screensaver

Continuing with their tongue in cheek attitude and well tuned songwriting style, Newcastle's Swine Tax deliver Screensaver, another smart piece of post punk acerbity which deals with the topical idea of the existential insecurities that come with being disconnected from the real world.

"Screensaver is about losing your password," the band explain. "It’s an in-joke about our technophobia, but it also attempts to get to the heart of a more widespread feeling of alienation that’s fostered by technology. Lyrically we took a more direct approach than is often applied to the issue, by painting a vivid picture of a familiar subject we sought to highlight the everyday absurdities of a life lived online. We didn’t then imagine how relevant the track would be during this global pandemic - many of us are gawping at screens all day, slowly going insane and totally reliant on technology to communicate."

Having recently reformed as a quartet with the addition of synth and guitar player, Euan Lynn, the band continue to deliver in the same admirable style and the frivolity that's usually paired to their singles, while they once again seem to be paying homage to those factors which have shaped their sound; those which derive from UK post punk's rich and celebrated history, and the ones that dwell in harder and heavier garage rock sounds.

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