The world is full of uneven playing fields. When you start from the bottom, it’s easy to have a chip on your shoulder, and many people have been faced with this dilemma when pursuing success in various fields. Do you level things out by pandering to the personalities at the top, or do you rebel and change stuff from the bottom up? I feel as though this subject matter particularly resonates with the working class. Those of us who feel judged when we speak in a room full of more acceptable accents. This topic is complicated and heavy, but rising punk stars Guru deal with it expertly on their latest single, Roses.
An excellent offering from the four-piece, this release doesn’t just provide the listener with great lyrics to digest, it’s also incredibly catchy and inspiring. Starting with a driving guitar and war-like drums, the band takes you on a journey from the moment you press play. Roses is the sort of track that makes you want to go to a gig and get deep into the middle of the action, a call to arms in many respects. Once again, Guru cements themselves as one of the most exciting acts around right now.
Following up, B-side Terminal 5 is just as exciting. With a perfectly crunchy bass tone and riffs that sound like they could have come straight from a Royal Blood track, it’s a very fitting accompaniment to Roses. The next thing I need to do is catch Guru live, but for now, I’ll listen to these two songs on repeat.