Swine Tax are back with a timely as ever new single, ‘Screensaver’. It comes as part of an EP including three previous singles. ‘Screensaver’ is as zany and sardonic as you would expect from Swine Tax and just the tonic you need to bring you back down to Earth during a pandemic.
Speaking about ‘Screensaver’ the band have said: “Screensaver is about losing your password. 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.”
The addition of drilling synths and samples from newest addition to the band, Euan Lynn, certainly don’t go a miss. Whilst it would be easy to make some comparison to the likes of Gang of Four or Television, the way Swine Tax are evolving through these newer singles points them more in the direction of Devo. There’s very promising things on the horizon for Swine Tax.
Listen to ‘Screensaver’ here and be sure to check out their socials where they’re sharing snippets of videos for the single.
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