Formed in 2019, Pave the Jungle, fronted by the inimitable Rachael, hail from Newcastle, United Kingdom. Cookie Cutter is the follow-up single to their January release, Jelly. With their latest gig, before lockdown, supporting You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, 2020 looks set to be a good year for this noise creating four-piece.
While Jelly fits more solidly into post-punk as you know it, and is a more pensive affair overall, Cookie Cutter brings pliable drumbeats, extended riffs, and soaring vocals.
Lyrically, the song gainsays between catchy chorus requests for freedom: “Stop the assembly line, I want to get off. This place is far too clinical for me.” and a recognition that this freedom comes at a price: “We’ve all got targets on our heads. Someone keeps missing mine.” An acknowledgement of the contradictions of society at large.
The track was expertly recorded, mixed & mastered by Chris McManus at Blank Studios in Newcastle.
Reminiscent of emerging pop-rock of the early/mid-90s, for example, bands such as Lauren Laverne’s breakthrough project Kenickie, this song takes the energy of this era and mixes with Artic Monkey 00s style riffs, creating an energetic track, that would undoubtedly engage a live audience. Like much of the new Newcastle indie scene – think Fast Blood and others, these guys capture the frustrations and nuances of daily life. This peppy track will get your knees bouncing. It will be exciting to see what 2020 brings for Pave the Jungle.
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