The Lounge Society – Tired of Liberty: a young, turbulent and demanding England…

Perfectly pleasing both by the messy energy it deploys, by its melodic inspiration and by its committed lyrics, Tired of Liberty could well mark the birth of another exciting English group, at the heart of a now thriving local scene.

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The first minutes of People Are Scary cause, precisely, a little fear: we are so close to the Talking Heads – who are becoming one of the key references of the whole new generation of Anglo-Saxon musicians, now that it has become so commonplace to proclaim oneself post-punk and children of Joy Division – that it is feared that The Lounge Society be nothing but another group of followers, clinging to a train that has already left the station. Moreover, their signature on Speedy Wunderground confirms their integration into the current movement… Fortunately, halfway through, the song changes rhythm and atmosphere, becoming mysteriously atmospheric, almost threatening: we can hope that the group from Yorkshire – not one of the rockiest parts of England – will have new music to play us, and interesting things to tell us, sing to us.

The Lounge Society AlbumAnd the single Blood Moneycertainly funky, but also melodious before having a nervous breakdown, confirms that we are right to speak well of them, after the success of their first EP, Silk For The Starvinglast summer : ” You’ve got blood on your hands / Lives are lost and lost and lost / We are too busy saving your pals / You can see your boss, but you can’t see your mother / Or your brother / Money, it takes priority (You’ve got blood on your hands / Lives are lost and lost and lost / We’re too busy saving your buddies / You can see your boss, but you can’t see your mother / Or your brother / The money , it’s your priority)… The content of this first album is clearly political, demanding: these young people have things to say about the life we ​​live, about this domination of money and absolute political power – especially in the Britain of Brexit – and, of course, on the existential malaise felt by young people cruelly deprived of a future and of hope.

Further on lastbreathwe come back to it, without detour: “ When the dust settles and the sweat turns cold / Career-less jobs, wearing a soulless suit / Will you remember the words that you swore by? / The rubber’s wearing pretty thin on my shoes (When the dust settles and you’re in a cold sweat / Jobs with no prospects, dressed in a suit without a soul / Will you remember the words by which you swore? / The soles of my shoes are becoming more worn). The fact of agreeing to enter the dominant economic system does not even preserve poverty, and the current collapse of the British middle class will logically increase. The urgent, superb conclusion of Generation Game drives the point home, including on Britain’s political and cultural dependence on the United States: ” Our God is a poison that must be unlearned / They’ll take your lungs and sell them to rich folk / They’ll breathe your air and live your dreams / Keep on turning that wheel at all costs / You’re just a cog in their golden machine / What will the US do? / To save our souls, to save our dignity too (Our God is a poison that must be unlearned / They’ll take your lungs and sell them to rich people / They’ll breathe your air and live your dreams / Keep spinning that wheel at any cost / You’re just a cog in their golden machine / What will the US do? / To save our soul and also our dignity?).

But let’s talk about music: Tired of Liberty is therefore not content to ape the great artists of yesterday, and seeks, explores, engages without any precaution in a multitude of directions. At worst, it’s obvious, The Lounge Society gets closer to the heart of the current British music movement: songs like North Is Your Heartjazzy, ambient, then afro-beat, but also like the edgy lastbreathrelate them to Black Midi or even more Squid, but with superior attention to melodies. Here we test the synths (No Driverfrenetic, magnificent, the first of the great major pieces of the album…), here we resume the work ofAndy Partridge on his experimental solo albums (lastbreathagain, but also Boredom Is A Drug). At times, we find intonations of the bellicose and free song of a Richard Hell (the forgotten genius of the punk movement), to others, we are not surprised that the producer of the album, Dan Carey – the key man in the revival of British and Irish Rock – is also the one by Fountains DC : an inspired killing like Remains wouldn’t be out of place on the Irish setlist…

In short, Tired of Liberty is a joyful, daring, exciting new album from across the Channel. If it does not show a crazy originality compared to what we have heard again for two years, its political combativeness and its melodic inspiration allow us to hope that we are not dealing with an ephemeral group like there are. so much. A hope to be confirmed on stage, as always.

Eric Debarnot

The Lounge Society – Tired of Liberty
Label: Speedy Wunderground
Release date: August 26, 2022

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