Melbourne-based rockers Them Bruins
have dropped the latest single, "Barrenlands," off their upcoming EP, No One Wants to Dance With Them Bruins
. This high-octane, ass-kicker of a track takes the fuzzed-out tone of 90s grunge and mixes it in with the swagger and balls-deep confidence of 70s punk rock. The fuzzed out bass and hard-hitting drumbeat feel like they could make the earth shake if you play the song loud enough, and the tube-screaming guitars and blissfully unhinged vocal delivery give this song enough raw, frantic energy to power a small car. Some songs have the ability to transport you to certain places, like calm beaches, your childhood home, or even the moment you met your first love. "Barrenlands" plops you right into the sweaty and grimy backstreets of some sketchy-ass city at 2am without any sign of help, and the resulting adrenaline rush is insane.
When discussing "Barronlands," the band said, "Our first EP [God Bless Them Bruins
] was full of grungy power chords and we wanted to lose a little bit of that vibe and make something with a bit more pop sensibility. When writing for our second EP, we really concentrated on trying to write songs with bigger vocal hooks. This song, internally, was kind of a mini breakthrough in regards to that kind of feel." Highly anthemic and loaded with the infectious hooks they were going for, Them Bruins make drunken mistakes, fake breasts, and unmitigated chaos sound like a hell of a good time. This track is perfect for both your pump-up playlist and the mixtape you're saving in the event of a Mad Max
-style apocalyptic race across the desert. If for some reason you arent
saving an apocalypse mixtape, then "Barrenlands" is a good place to start.
Listen to "Barrenlands" right here, and be on the lookout for No One Wants to Dance With Them Bruins
, out August 26.