EP Review: The Lounge Society – Silk For the Starving (Speedy Wunderground)
Ahhh yes, The Lounge Society. Each time they released one of their first three singles my feelings of intrigue and excitement were amplified, but there was always an underlying current of “this band is GOING to be great”. I would now like to be the first to usher us all out of this era. The Lounge Society aren’t GOING to be great anymore because they already fucking are. I struggle to think of many other alternative EP’s with four songs that flex so many creative muscles, Silk For the Starving really feels like the start of something for the teenage quartet.
Kicking off with Burn The Heather, the oldest song from the EP, there’s not much I can say that I haven’t already. Its bouncing base line and build up to bellowed title instructions at the climax of the song will really stay with you. Easily the funkiest song on the EP, it is also the band at their most radio friendly.
Track two, Television, is a Talking-Heads-adjacent politicised-post-punk-cut that will have you screaming along to its refrains of “Tragedy makes for good TV”. Although a lot of the themes on the EP are quite surface level, with it being most clear on this track, its still promising to see that The Lounge Society clearly are okay with playing through the obvious. Nothing they are saying is ground breaking but that will come, and musically it’s hard to find them putting a foot wrong. This isn’t to say their lyrics are unlistenable, they are good, in fact its good… fun, I just don’t think that’s what the band intended.
Finishing the EP is Cains Heresy, the most recent single the band have released and their closest to their omitted single Generation Game, and Valley Bottom Fever probably the best song on the EP for my money. Absolutely soaked in a Libertines glow, feeling like their take on Horror Show or Mayday, this is just over two minutes of non-stop cocaine-fuelled-anarchy that slows down to a messy end, I assume to prevent any listener from having a heart attack.
In Silk For the Starving The Lounge Society have put on display both their potential to be one of the most exciting live bands in the country and a thoughtfulness and creativity that shows they have a future. If this is how eclectic they can make four tracks, I cannot fucking wait to see what they do with an album. Long Live The Lounge Society.