The Lounge Society – Silk for The Starving

From West Yorkshire to spread charming punk to the world: meet The Lounge Society and their first EP, Silk for the Starving.

There are times in our lives that we just want to live that moment all our own. We take that music, usually nostalgic, that reminds us of a season, or reflect what’s going on at that point in time.

We want classic rock. The one that ends up being inter-generational, but that, at that time, had a special and differentiating feeling: people fought to survive – and that motto of resistance was shared, totally, in the most diverse lyrics created by irreverent human beings who, in the end, would have enviable careers.

As we write this it is time to remember groups such as Happy Mondays, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Cure, Talking Heads or Echo & the Bunnymen. Bands that have always been there, with that music that, more vibrant or raw, mark our Parents, Uncles, Grandparents and…us, the so-called “kids”.

With this inspiration, we see coming out of the box the most diverse ways of keeping a style. Some in an exquisite way, others irreverent and expanding this genre even more. Today we find this essence in the first EP of The Lounge Society.

Take a look at them.

Silk For The Starving

Silk For The Starving cover

The band performs on stage with Cameron Dave in vocals and bass, Herbie May and Hani Paskin-Hussain on guitar and Archie Dewis drumming our hearts out. All together, coming from the north of England, more precisely, West Yorkshire.

Unlike Lisbon, where we have sun and heat almost all year round, in those parts the rain reigns. And that still gives a certain glamour to the place and to all the creativity of the genius heads that exist in those parts. And with little more than ten minutes, magic is made.

Burn The Heather” is our first attraction. And it’s with a fresh and energetic rhythm that we feel right inside a…lounge, of course. And we’re well accompanied, whether it’s by bass, drums, voice or guitar. It’s all right when we’re drawn in, right? Three minutes and thirty where the band doesn’t let their guard down for a second, leaving us glued to our headphones.

We move on to “Television“, a kind of second chapter of the first song. A punk-progressive that shows the good roots of the north of England. The feeling is one of irritation, anguish or anger. And what goes on on television is a result of that. Because we are cannibals of the information they transmit to us, with no right to reply. And here we are definitely bombarded with this premise, were it not for the chorus sung loud and clear with the phrase “Genocide makes for good TV!”. Loud and clear we are definitely attentive to the lyrics and the frenetic rhythm that the ensemble goes through in this song.

Cain’s Heresy” brings us into the twenty-first century, with the set unfolding into a rhythmic frenzy of pure hard rock, in which all you can think about is the next mosh pit listening to something of this genre.

We close with a golden key, and it is in “Valley Bottom Fever” that we feel the most punk version of the band. We recall, with a feeling of nostalgia, the original soundtrack of the video game Crazy Taxi – and how we listened over and over again to Bad Religion, NOFX or The Offspring. It’s good for future generations to shake their helmets like grown-ups – and The Lounge Society promote this like no other.

The feeling is certainly nostalgic. And Silk for the Starving brings us just that: an irreverent style, recalling the best times of the British music of the 80’s/90’s. All this with lyrics that call our attention to the problems of the young people of the 21st century, and their concerns about a brighter future. The rhythm is vibrant. So vibrant that we want to go for a mosh-pit right away. And even if that’s not yet possible because of COVID-19, we try the same with our closest friends. Or our pets.

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