A rumbling cacophony of driving riffs, buzzing synths and post punk beats, Southend-based noise outfit BAIT have shared their latest single ‘My Tribe’. Taken from their upcoming debut album SEA CHANGE, which is set for release on 1st April via indie label Cool Thing Records, the track explores the unsettling fight-or-flight instincts that plagued our thoughts during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Formed of Michael Webster, Luke Branch, Jim Webster, & M R E who also produced the record, BAIT’s creative spark was both extinguished and reignited by the events of 2020. Described as “a digital post-punk lockdown docu-record,” the band’s debut album SEA CHANGE was informed by the experiences and frustrations of living through an international pandemic. Following on from previous single ‘DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA’, ‘My Tribe’ is another observation on a neurotic time, fluctuating between moods – “Feel pathetic / feel protected” – whilst trying to “Keep the sickness on the outside.”
“‘My Tribe’ was written at the very beginning of the pandemic when none of us knew what the fuck was going on,” Michael explains about the track. “It got me thinking about survival and protecting my family from the unknown. There’s reference to primal activities in contrast to the mundane activities taken up to pass time during isolation.” Michael’s sardonic vocals are staggered across restless rhythms and jagged electronics, reflecting the exasperation of surviving during a disconnected and manic time.
Watch the accompanying lyric video for ‘My Tribe’ created by Ben Mills at Hellfire Creative below.
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