TRACK RELEASE: Heavy Lungs – ‘Jealous’
WORDS BY JACK MCKEEVER
‘If you book them, they will come.’ So reads the sardonic ‘about’ section on Bristol noise-punks Heavy Lungs’ Bandcamp page. In a way, it’s an accurate summation of the whirlwind 12 months the quartet have had. Since the release of their debut EP, ‘Abstract Thoughts’ in February last year, they’ve risen quickly enough to sell out a headline slot at prime Bristol club: The Louisiana and enjoyed radio air time with none other than Nadine Shah.
They’re also about to take their incendiary live presence to the world stage, performing as part of KEXP’s ‘International Clash Day’ live broadcast from London next month. All of this is a testament not only to Bristol’s community-driven punk scene but also to their endless work ethic.
Their new single, ‘Jealous’ picks up where the sludgier, slightly more mid-paced but still scratchy-and-violent-as-hell side of the debut EP left off. The stinky, needling basslines and tension-ridden excursions into ear-splitting resonance populate the verses before they stamp on the filth pedals for the chorus.
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All of it is underpinned by the band’s trademark tight-knit rhythmic primitiveness. Frontman Danny Nedelko (yes the namesake of the IDLES track), an unexpectant pin-up boy for rapturous punk rock poeticism, sounds arguably more caveman-esque than ever in his delivery.
‘’’Jealous’ started from the bassline,’ says guitarist Oliver Southgate when talking about the writing process. “Then I tried to make the guitar sound as energetic and frantic as possible without playing anything (apart from in the choruses). Metz was a big influence, and Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’; so basically Steve Albini, really.”
What’s special about ‘Jealous’ is that it takes that same melting point of influences the band has always acclaimed – Nirvana, Black Flag, Pavement, Big Black, The Stooges – and carries them a far-cry away from any calls of revivalism. Any fan of those bands will find ‘Jealous’ a wonderful cross bearer for a 2019 version of that sound.