We’re five months into the year and we’ve had a plethora of amazing new releases thrust upon us, but there’s one that’s stood out amongst the rest, and I have five words for you. Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes.
In their latest sonic endeavour, they tackle the struggles of mental health with IDLES’ Joe Talbot, in one of the most exciting post-punk/rock partnerships that we’ve yet to see. The subject of the track – the town – represents the mental stability and wellbeing of each person – in a totally raw and honest cut from the collaboration
Divulging on the track, Carter explains: “It’s easy to dissociate when it’s someone else’s problem but we are each responsible for keeping the streets clean, looking out for our fellow neighbors, and acting with kindness and respect as we walk through life… we are reminded that My Town looks just like yours, and no one gives a fuck at all and if we don’t start looking after ourselves soon then we are all going to be in big trouble”.
‘My Town’ acts as a rallying call to the attention of the impacts that the recent year (especially) has had on all of our collective mental health’s – no matter our background, or social status. Gnarly and wonderfully gritty, the profoundness of ‘My Town’ shines through with the use of sharp lyricism and unrelenting drums. There’s no holding back when it comes to Frank Carter, but bring Talbot into the equation and you’re on a whole other level of excellence.
The accompanying visuals offer an unsettling and unencumbered version of the metaphor behind the lyrics. Filled with green screens and short montages, the music video gives a unique perspective into Carter’s imagination and the underlying themes behind the track. Raucous and riotous from start to finish, ‘My Town’ is a blistering come-back after a two-year hiatus since the release of ‘End Of Suffering’.
Talking to NME, Carter teased the possibility of a new album being on the horizon… fingers crossed!
If there’s anything to take from this post-punk cut – look out for your friends.