The online world is a strange one. Some people preach mental health and then wish death on an individual they disagree with on the same day. There’s a whole generation who are growing up having known no different, and how their brains will receive information and interact socially is yet to be fully seen. The entire topic is such a storm that it’s hard to make any sense of it, but it’s essential that we discuss it, and that artists address it. In their new single, Paper Tiger, punk act Dr. Stuart does this to significant effect.
The lyrics deal with the impact that small comments can have on one’s mood, and this engages with the listener in an authentic manner. The band tackles the issue with great depth, and I was quite impressed by the way the words flowed from the speakers. Musically, Paper Tiger is reminiscent of the best parts of many ’70s punk groups such as The Clash, but with a modern and unique sound that brings to mind artists like Queens Of The Stone Age. The melodies present throughout the tune are highly memorable, and the power of the instruments is tangible. You can almost feel the soundwaves flying through the air.
I can’t help but wish I had the chance to see Dr. Stuart live, and I’m sure once I can, I will. I might bring earbuds, though, because something tells me their set is going to be loud. Very loud. Just how I like it.