With their upcoming EP just a month away, London group Social Contract share title track ‘Buzzards Wake’.
Eagerly anticipating a build-up of momentum materialising into something spectacular, is the quickest way to get your head around the six-minute sprawl of ‘Buzzards Wake’. When asked about the track frontman Josh Eggerton explains:
“‘Buzzards Wake’ touches on how nature has been an anchor for me while trying to mourn or digest a loss,” “When life is changing quickly or moving fast, I find it hard to process or settle my thoughts in the city. But there’s a mere by my house, and whenever I’d walk through its surrounding fields and woods, the timelessness of it all really helped me put that internal chaos to bed. There’s something so peaceful and comforting about how my walks there always feel the same, hence my lyrics ‘It won’t ever change / the kettle hole, the glacial mere / it won’t ever change / a cast of wings, the fallow deer.’ It’s like a small oasis of stillness in an ever-shifting world.
“I guess kind of ironically then, this track is one that we’ve let change and shift however it pleases over the years, avoiding cementing it in any way. We wanted to see it grow so we made a point not to demo or record it and only played it in the practice room or on stage. It ended up taking on a sort of life of its own and this is the first time we’ve captured it in a recording.”
Beginning as a hazy trudged rock number, tinged with the soul of blues, the years of tinkering on ‘Buzzards Wake’ are clear to see. Slowly building throughout into an eventual explosion of heavy punk rock, this final onslaught of noise comes just over halfway through, blasting out rapturous riffs as if every second could be their last. It’s an absolute monster of a track and cements the London group as one of the best bands currently in the UK.
Social Contract’s “Buzzards Wake” EP is set for release on March 12th, through Pantherburn Records.