Manchester three-piece, Gardenback, have shared their new single, Health and Wellbeing. It’s their third release since appearing in early 2017 and, boy, does it show promise.
Slapping you right in the face with noisy psyche guitars and a driving post-punk beat, the track leaps out of the gate. The lyrics, looking at themes of mental health, drip with sarcasm (‘It’s out of sight, it’s out of mind’), highlighting modern attitudes towards mental health and the stigma around it.
It might’ve been easy to get lost in the desolate landscape the bleak lyricism creates had it not been for the electrifying instrumental. The guitars wash over the whole production, while the band look more towards the bass to steer the melodies. The drums refuse to let up at any point throughout the track as the song slowly builds, layer after layer being added, resulting in deafening dissonance, complete with a rallying cry riddled with despair, somewhat reminiscent of the nasal shrieks of a Cabbage tune.
This young band are brimming with potential and it will be exciting to see what else they’ve got up their sleeves. Anyone who wants to know can catch them at their debut London Show before they bring the house down at Kendal Calling in late July.
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Words by Oliver Hope.