Liverpool garage-psych-rock trio Shrinking Minds release their new single, Fun this Thursday 9th July. Cosying under the wing of KYC Management alongside the likes of Andrew Laval, and with a gigging pedigree now encompassing underground venues both in their locality and around the country, not forgetting that basement gig with Twin Peaks earlier in the year, expectation belies that the track will be positioned firmly on the loud end of the spectrum.
Sometimes however, all the noise and misplaced anger of those finding themselves near the ‘garage rock’ genre can result in a four-minute listless drone of apathy and gratuitous instrument smashing. Thankfully here this is not the case, Fun in fact intermittedly strays into the bewildering and unexpected. The intro for example, “Don’t slow down wait for me, kill myself so happy” treads a whisker between twitchy paranoia and deliberate paradox. The distinct impression you get when listening to the track is one of general impatience – that is among the band, not the listener – all the time tightening and winding itself up into yet another explosion of guitars and crashing drums. Where this may distort a solid structure, the languid approach to organisation does make for exciting and realistic potential when it comes to live performance.
I’m going to hazard a guess that Fun was never really intended to be genre defining, or created as something to be myopically and/or thematically examined. The title itself describing more the effect the track has on the listener and the band, rather than the content of the song. It is however something that will really impress, especially when performed in a small venue. Not plainly just fun noise, but a track with a bit between the ears, from an outfit with the bit between their teeth.
Fun is set to be released the evening of Thursday, 9th July.