Why Love Now
Release Date: 24th February 2017
I was smothering myself in filth reading through YouTube comments when I stumbled across someone recommending the new Pissed Jeans album, but to ‘ignore the cover because it totally doesn’t reflect the music within’ or something akin to it. The funny thing is, the album cover (look left) perfectly represents the content in question, and for those put off by it, well, maybe you won’t want to read the lyric sheet…
Pissed Jeans are after the man. The man who hits too hard at gigs, the man who gazes too hard at women, and the man who winces too hard at anything just a little bit ‘camp’. With Lydia Lunch (Have you ever listened to Teenage Jesus and the Jerks?) on production, the album sounds suitably nasty, packed with snarling vocals, sludgy guitar riffs which wouldn’t be out-of-place on a Melvins record, and a ferocity that never lets up. Yet for fans of all things punk, it’s a welcoming set of sounds to dance yourself deaf to.
With titles such as ‘Waiting on my horrible warning’, ‘Have you ever been furniture’, and ‘Love without emotion’ there is little subtlety in play regarding the themes on display, but they hit with a real seething toxicity from the band, and you will feel each description of decay, objectification, and slap on the back. ‘I’m a man’ has writer Lindsey Hunter on the mic, serving as a centrepiece on the characters often chastised within the rest of the work. Horrifying hilarity.