Memphis Instrustries-signed Leeds quartet Mush have dropped soaring indie-rock effort "Blunt Instruments", along with news of a February 2021 release for their second album Lines Redacted.
Following on from this year’s debut full-length 3D Routine, this time Mush have brought Lee Smith (The Cribs, Pulled Apart By Horses) in to take care of the mixing. Expanding their unique post-punk sound, "Blunt Instruments" could easily be the brainchild of the classic styles of Parquet Courts paired off with the newer sounds of the likes of Feet.
Setting the scene for the whole full-length, "Blunt Instruments" sees the protagonist attempt to conduct a post-mortem of an apocalyptic event. Here, we begin to see 2020’s influence start to creep into the lyrical narrative. What he finds is a dystopian setting that he ultimately finds some schadenfreude in, seeing the collapse of civilisation.
The track is energised by dipping and souring scale-like guitar hooks, as the vocals breezily sit atop with a sense of low key, disoriented urgency that’s entirely captivating. As the track goes on we see things become increasingly more hectic, as indeed you would do in a post-apocalyptic world, before ending semi-abruptly in a fuzzy conclusion.