The computer screensaver. A sure-fire sign that you’re procrastinating to the max. Stare into space for too long, and your screen will be awash with flying Windows logos. Swine Tax, on the other hand, are a busy bunch. The only Screensaver they’ve come across is their latest single.
The song isn’t all about preventing phosphor burn on a plasma computer monitor though. Screensaver has a much deeper meaning. I will leave the Newcastle-based post-punkers to explain. “The track is about losing your password. It’s an in-joke about our technophobia, but it also attempts to get to the heart of a more widespread feeling of alienation that’s fostered by technology”.
While there is an element of sarcasm to the lyrics, there is an underlying sincerity that the listener can explore and analyse. The words are an essential feature of this track and will resonate with us all.
Screensaver crashes into play with brash, noticeable guitar riffs that Arctic Monkeys have become famed for. Somewhere in the distant background, the sound of an old modem (or something similar) prods sentimentally. When the lyrics enter the fray, you’ll instantly connect with the melody. It is a garage, post-punk, two minute and forty-five second slap around the face. With glimpses of Art Brut and the Young Knives, your head will be nodding as your body longs to wrestle in a mosh pit.
Swine Tax are a much-needed guitar-driven band who are questioning and approaching relevant subjects. With an EP release on the horizon, this lively act should be on your radar with their bold, brash, and energetic brand of punk.