Melancholic rockers ‘City Calm Down’ announce the latest single, Pride, from their recently released album ‘Echoes in Blue’

Moving away from the roaring post-punk bass hooks that repeatedly punctuated the Melbourne bands last single (In This Modern Land), Pride is far more of a tightly orchestrated synth & sax affair that quite frankly wouldn’t look out of place on a 1980s soundtrack; alongside the likes of The Psychedelic Furs and Echo & The Bunnymen.

Frontman Jack Bourke delves deeper into the meaning behind the song and presumably the accompanying moody video, explaining it “explores the feelings of lashing out at loved ones because of personal insecurities and pushing them away without explaining why“. Whilst it is a sentiment many of us can get behind, you cant help but feel that with Bourke’s baritone and haunting vocal style he could do a cover of Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’ and you would still somehow be pulled into a David Lynch world of complexity, tortured souls and dark secrets.

If like me, you find your happy place in brooding melancholy (hey, I was once the poster girl for Banksy’s Dismaland, what more can I say) then this is a single and indeed a band to keep firmly on your radar.

Echoes in Blue is available on Oh You Records. More details can be found at:

Catch the band live Thu 24 London Borderline

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