A visceral, claustraphobic observation on an unpredictable and neurotic time, Southend-based post punks BAIT have shared their latest single ‘DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA’. Taken from their upcoming debut album Sea Change, which is set for release on 1st April via indie label Cool Thing Records, the track is a burst of anxiety and adrenaline, with the thumping refrain of the song’s title hammering home the frustration of being stuck inside your own head.
Formed of Michael Webster, Luke Branch, Jim Webster, & M R E who also produced the record, BAIT’s creative spark was both extinguished and then reignited by the events of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. Described as “a digital post-punk lockdown docu-record,” the band’s new album ‘Sea Change’ was informed by their experiences and frustrations of living through an international pandemic. ‘DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA’ is the first corrosive offering from the new project, full of sardonic vocals, chaotic riffs, and peppered with darkly humourous (and true) lyrical observations like “There’s a man walking into town / and he’s carrying a plastic bag / with no trousers on.”
“’This song is the most intense & frenetic track from the record,” Michael explains. “Many of us have an expectation to receive instant gratification, which was amplified through lockdown. This is a ‘note to self’ to snap out of the impatient frenzy, and that there are people that have bigger problems… and I really did see a man walking into town carrying a plastic bag with no trousers on. Accompanied by a lyric video created by Simon Moore (Burke & Hare) designed to immerse listeners into the anxiety-breeding world of smartphones, BAIT’s new single bites back at the frustrations, boredoms and “silly things” that plagued us all during an unprecedented time.
Listen to ‘DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA’ below.
Pre-order BAIT’s debut album SEA CHANGE on limited edition vinyl here.
Photo Credit: Danny Rowton