THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “After more than four years away, Zeahorse’s third record Let’s Not (And Say We Did) kicks off with a headbutt from a meathead dressed in surprisingly fine Egyptian cotton and then only lets up occasionally so you can check your stupid phone with the cracked screen. It is the sound of gleefully setting alight a skip bin of discarded How to Win Friends and Influence People paperbacks. (Fuck those sycophants, those dim flashes in unwashed pans. No longer do we have time for them.)
From the everyone’s-mate company narcissist of The Ladder to the selfie-aware solipsism of 20 Nothing’s trendy shut-in, Let’s Not (And Say We Did) is Oz noise rock at its most relevant — like watching Countdown on acid dropped into kit-home hell. (Tried to go to heaven but went the other way.) Blare it while the poor in spirit march joyously into the inferno that it is their paradise — on their way to a photoshoot at the beach without ever stepping onto the sand.
Here’s what frontman Morgan Anthony had to say: “The record is filled with ratbag cynicism, big beats and snarly guitars. Structures are reminiscent of early ’90s punk bands like Unwound and Fugazi but there’s also lashes of thick heavy psych which the band are renowned for. In terms of themes and focus points of the album, we’re talking: Satirical commentary on social behaviour both online and in the real world, the confusion we have with living life in the moment as well as trying to live a life online, struggles and challenges with identity, with what to believe and what to ignore and also the more money people make the more skewed their ideas of happiness become.”