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Spotlight Track – ‘Eat Out Your Heart’ – Poison Politix

jtpao 06/08/2024

Folk N Rock
Spotlight Track – ‘Eat Out Your Heart’ – Poison Politix

Good God, I can’t get enough of this band. Seriously. I don’t want to sound like a total fanboy, but Poison Politix has been my absolute favorite discovery this year, hands down. You might remember my coverage of their track “Fun, No Fun” back in May (check it out here if you missed it). Well, they’ve done it again, teaming up with Colton Krohn at the Blasting Room to unleash another great song.

The band’s been tearing up the scene lately, and their growing fanbase across the pond is proof that their music hits hard. Word on the street is they’re eyeing some dates in new territories, and if they make it to the UK, we’ll be there with one of our photographers to capture the chaos.

But any-who today, I’ll be looking at the track, “Eat Out Your Heart.”

The track blasts from the speakers with the classic punk rock war cry: “A 1, 2, 3, 4!” The crisp crack of the drumsticks ignites a rhythmic firestorm, transforming the air into a thick, electrified mix of energy. Guitars crash into the fray, a blistering riff snaking through the furious onslaught, a venomous dance between melody and mayhem. The drums, not about to be outdone, answer the guitars’ call with a thunderous barrage. Their individual discordance melts into a pretty cool melodic section.

It’s like they forge a ferocious yet harmonious bond, a foundation of unbridled power and infectious catchiness. The interplay of heavy drumbeats and nimble guitar lines creates a perfect storm of aggression and melody, and I love how this was done.

The vocals on this track are a force to be reckoned with as well. It seems like Poison Politix have worn their influences on their sleeves, but what is really cool here is that it’s both homage and innovation. The vocals on this track exude a vitality that harkens back to the swagger of The Clash in their later years.

There is a real Joe Strummer feel about this. The same sort of style that Larry Kirwan of Celtic Punk act Black 47 has, and it sounds great. And when I say that, I don’t mean they are mimicking their influences; they’re building on them. With their own classic style here that just sounds timeless. And I love that this style of punk is a sound is far from dead, it shows that there are bands like Poison Politix who are continuing to evolve from the old  school sound.

Maybe I’m overthinking it, but to me it’s like the track hides a subtle melodic Easter egg of those great ones from the past from this style, a sly wink to the die-hard fan. Even the deliberate elongation of certain words – that lingering “now” that closes the first verses and the drawn-out “tryin’” at the end of the second is what I’m talking about. To me this is a songwriting masterclass of punk rock, an example of how to wring every ounce of feeling out of a single syllable.

The chorus slams with a blistering energy. Each repetition is delivered with a distinct flavor, a subtle variation that keeps the hook fresh and addictive. It’s the kind of chorus that isn’t just meant to be heard, it’s meant to be screamed at the top of your lungs, at one of their live shows. It has this great sing along hook.

The song throws in a curveball that’s over before you know it, but it’s a curveball you won’t forget. A two-second burst (and yes I know it’s two seconds because I counted) of awesome bass work. It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, and it sounds so awesome. While I dig the band’s restraint on this part, and do agree with it, I can’t help but crave an extended version where the bassist gets to absolutely pop off.

Lyrically, and to me, this song feels like a gritty anthem for the chase, a relentless pursuit of a ghostly connection. The song opens with a familiar scene: the desperate hunt for something more, a craving for that spark to ignite a flame. But it’s a rigged game, a dance with a partner who holds all the power, leaving you chasing shadows.

It’s a brutal look at the highs and lows of the chase, the adrenaline rush of pursuit followed by the crushing blow of rejection. And I think it captures the bittersweet reality of unrequited desire, where the thrill of the chase often overshadows the pain of the inevitable letdown in a way.

The song then slams into overdrive, hurtling down a highway paved with regret and missed opportunities. It’s a gut-wrenching lament for those nights that burned bright but faded too quickly, those transient moments that leave you aching for more. The lyrics sort of give off this desperate longing for a do-over, a chance to rewind the tape and rewrite the ending. It’s a good reminder of the impermanence of passion, how quickly a burning flame can flicker out, leaving only embers of what could have been.

And it seems like it’s this rearview mirror reflection, but mostly it’s a confrontation with the wreckage of your own creation. The song turn inward, and it’s like you’re staring down the barrel of self-inflicted wounds. It’s a realization that sometimes, the most dangerous enemy lies within. Like a shattered mirror reflecting back a fragmented image, this seems to be all about the scars of  what could have been in a way. The toll of mistakes made and chances squandered. self-sabotage is just the worst.

To me, this band embodies everything that makes punk rock great. Their energy, unfiltered emotion, and refusal to compromise are a breath of fresh air in a scene that can often feel stale. I’ve been absolutely hooked on their music lately, and I’m crossing my fingers that they hit the road at some point, maybe even grace some festival stages. This is a band that was born to play live, and I can’t wait to see what they unleash on us in the future.

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