As far as classic indie-rock goes, I don’t think you could ask for more than Swine Tax’s latest effort entitled ‘Thorns’.
Infusing gritty punk guitar with a melody to make any indie outfit envious, ‘Thorns’ carefully weaves through a melancholy field of chaos in a state of juxtaposition as a wave of misplacement rains heavy upon you. At first, I felt rather at ease – relaxed even – and despite the pounding fuzz-filled intro, ‘Thorns’ felt rather laid back – but that was soon to change.
The track is quick to ascend into an amalgamation of thunderous indie rock, relatable to its last stroke and whilst admittedly I am a fan of indie rock, I’m often bored by many recent efforts from the indie scene…but not with Swine Tax and not with ‘Thorns’.
Some might say a track length of 2 minutes and 33 seconds is too short, however, I’d disagree. ‘Thorns’ is a snapshot of adolescence: an imprint of empathic experience that as the band say ‘does not stay a second longer than necessary’ – and I for one agree.
You can listen to ‘Thorns’ now at swinetax.bandcamp.com.