“No future and England’s dreaming” Johnny Rotten famously seethed in 1976. Words just as true today as forty years ago. Brexit, political uncertainty, recession and the rising support in far-right parties promise continued darkness ahead. This is not a “good thing” but one concession to this looming unrest will be the ensuing wave of righteously-furious punk rock. Seriously, there is precedent: The Reagan and Thatcher-ruled 80s coughed up Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, The Specials, The Exploited, London Calling, and It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, while the post-9/11 Bush-era spawned Fat Mike’s Rock Against Bush movement, Against Me!, Anti-Flag and, for better or worse, American Idiot. Potential candidates for bringing the era-defining political noise this time around are Birmingham’s Paper Buoys.
While they released their BBC Introducing-championed ‘Fun’ single in April, the Buoys’ second single makes them truly ones-to-watch. Produced by Gavin Monaghan (The Twang/The Sherlocks), the vicious ‘Sharp As Razors’ rages savagely against the government, media and their combined control over the general populous. As vocalist Chris Newey states: “I wanted to write something that reflected the anger I was seeing on social media towards government cuts and mainstream media propaganda”. With a gritty bassline that recalls fellow angry young Brits Slaves, Newey delivers thrillingly satisfying staccato verses with its “hate hate hate” hook no doubt becoming a chorused rebel cry in the coming months.
‘Sharp as Razors’ is twinned with a striking roto-scoped video directed by Oliver Jones (Prodigy’s ‘Nasty’ video). The video itself combines images of newspaper magnate Rupert Muddock as a testicle-chinned They Live-inspired alien, George Osborne holding a bleeding budget-box, Nigel Farage talking huge amounts of nothing and noted Tory MPs riding flying pigs. Ironically the clip is sure to fuel a few social media-based rants but that is the price of being provocative.
‘Sharp As Razors’ is released on Friday August 19th 2016 and will be available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and more. The band will be playing The Blue Room of Birmingham’s O2 Institute to coincide with the release. With their debut EP set for an autumn 2016 release and a national tour sure to follow, Paper Buoys’ future is bright even if the Britain’s is not.