Not all grunge-meisters are created equal or good for that matter, but thankfully, Middlesbrough band SWEARS are one of the few who have managed to combine influences of grunge rock and doom into a fuzzy, infectious rock-driven sound that’s not just one big noise fest. With the release of their forthcoming EP, Seersucker, on the horizon (22nd May to be precise), SWEARS have given us a murky treat in the form of their new single, Warm To The Touch.
From the intro, Warm To The Touch is a mesh of dirty guitars with a chaotic drumbeat that refreshingly dominates the whole song, packing a punch and driving it forward with its up and down rhythm. The snarling, almost slack bassline and incredible percussion create that hard-hitting growl sound synonymous with many other grunge acts. Although the guitar riff isn’t as meaty as it could be, it’s the simplicity and use of tone that not only adds to the atmosphere but creates a seamless slide into the chorus that’s so catchy it can loop around your brain for days.
Although songs about climate change aren’t exactly an unfamiliar trend at the moment, Swears have managed to give us a much darker take on the subject with a more observational approach to the future as opposed to a rallying cry against the environmental sceptics. There is a foreboding air around Warm To The Touch with poetic lines like “Horses blinded, toxic snow. Waters rising, nothing grows. Is it worth it” echoing the warnings of climate scientists and questioning exactly how far are willing to take matters before we act.
Warm To The Touch is both a lyrically and musically raw grunge rock song, with SWEARS reminding us that maybe the vague optimism we umbrella ourselves under when it comes to climate change isn’t worth it.