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Spotlight Track: ‘Fun No Fun’ – Poison Politix

jtpao 05/10/2024

Folk N Rock
Spotlight Track: ‘Fun No Fun’ – Poison Politix

Today, I’m excited to share this one. Anyone who follows my work knows I’m a longtime punk enthusiast, especially when it comes to that classic sound. But let’s be clear, I appreciate the whole genre – from melodic pop-punk to the gritty edge of street punk and the infectious energy of Celtic punk. There’s a reason it’s always been a favorite of mine. And now, I’m taking a look at the latest single from Poison Politix, “Fun No Fun.”

This  track is among the first of several recorded at the legendary Blasting Room studio – a place responsible for some of the most iconic punk albums of all time. We’re talking NOFX, Rise Against, Teenage Bottlerocket, and the Descendents, just to scratch the surface. I have to say, I absolutely love what they brought with this track.

And let’s be honest, I’ve been covering the music scene for years, and I’ve witnessed countless bands with more potential than direction self-destruct before they ever got off the ground. The reasons are depressingly familiar: clashing egos, irreconcilable creative differences, and mostly, booze: and before you know it, what was once a band of friends making music together, either quit, or become one member short

There’s enough backstage drama to fill a Shakespearean tragedy, with enough shattered dreams and fractured relationships to fuel a lifetime’s worth of cautionary tales. It’s a scene littered with the wreckage of maybe one member who couldn’t overcome their internal conflicts. Poison Politix, however, understands the assignment. They’ve channeled all that explosive energy, all that frustration and disappointment, into one brutally efficient punk rock anthem that cuts like a razor.

The song comes in with just one tap of the drum, and then comes the guitar work, a rapid-fire assault that throws you right into the moshpit. Now, it’s a simple but potent riff that’s as recognizable as any. It’s the classic sound of rebellion with the kind of primal energy that’s been fueling punk rock since its inception. This right here is what I love. And this is what I want in my punk rock.

Throughout the track the guitars lays down a foundation that’s steady and relentless. And just we also get a few  perfectly timed key changes keeping the energy levels high and the adrenaline pumping. This is pure, unadulterated punk rock, stripped down to its essence. It’s the sound of frustration and anger channeled into  weapon. And what I love about this band, is just how much they can deliver on that great old school sound.

The vocals are loud, aggressive, and dripping with adrenaline. And he doesn’t hold back, delivering the lyrics with a raw, unbridled intensity. I have to say I really love the delivery of a lot of the phrasing, especially towards the end of the chorus, where he twist his voice to emphasize key points. It’s a subtle touch, but it adds another layer and perfectly captures that classic, slightly anguished style.

You feel this  sense of desperation and anger in the delivery, a feeling of barely contained rage that feels authentic. This is a band that understands the genre’s conventions and executes them flawlessly, proving that sometimes the most effective approach is to stick to the core elements that made this style of punk great in the first place.

And again, what I really like about this song, is how it strikes a nerve. It’s clear they’re calling out a destructive members within the music scene, probably someone they’ve encountered firsthand. They give you a great idea of the classic archetype – the band member who’s always chasing the next high, letting their demons and addictions ruin everything they’ve worked for.

This person thrives on the excess of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, blind to the damage they inflict on their bandmates and their music. The band channels their frustration with those lost to addiction, with those who jeopardize the collective dream through reckless behavior. It’s a painfully familiar story, highlighting the dark side of the industry and the fragility of  partnerships.

The song’s title, “Fun No Fun,” becomes clear. It speaks of those moments when things seem carefree and the music flows, only to be shattered by a return to self-destructive patterns and irresponsible behavior. Which is something that shows us that talent alone isn’t enough and that the internal battles waged by band members can often be their greatest obstacle to success.

On one hand, you have someone who once held blazing talent, the promise of greatness. But somewhere along the way, ego and self-destruction overtook passion, leaving nothing but a hollowed-out shell of what could have been. The song speaks to this familiar tragedy, the countless times a toxic blend of arrogance and addiction has dragged down a promising musician, and maybe even the rest of the band. The chorus is accusatory and tragic. Talking about the highs and  lows, a battle between those moments of connection and the inevitable isolation caused by addiction.

I gotta say, I love that song title. It’s the perfect way to describe that bandmate who’s a blast to hang with one minute and a complete nightmare the next. It sums up the “fun no fun” dynamic of dealing with addiction perfectly. That back-and-forth has got to be brutal, especially when you’re trying to make music together.

“Fun No Fun” is a gritty reminder of the timeless challenges bands face. Poison Politix does a great job here at depicting the all-too-common pitfalls of the music scene, capturing the frustrations and disappointments with a member that’s gone off the rails with an honesty that’s relatable and sobering. Well, sobering for us I should say.  The song hits hard, and is a great track. I’m very much looking forward to what the group has up their sleeve next.

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