WL//WH Track Of The Day: NEGATIVE GEARS “Ants”


“Ants” is the new single from Sydney-based unit Negative Gears, five years since their praised seven-track self-titled debut EP rife with tightly wound guitar driven-Post-punk, punctuated by prickly liquid synth lines, of impulsive raw punk energy and ominous dark moods, compared to Diät, Institute, Crisis, early Wire and Iceage, perfect fit for those keen to a fractious, noisy, and obscure sound, with a strong personality.

Framed by a biting and thought-provoking commentary about the current local cultural zeitgeist, the Aussie five-piece ‘took their time until everything was perfect and it shows with super-tight playing and songs that will be stuck in your head for days regardless of the downbeat subject matter’.

Definitely augmented by a more refined and dynamic textured buzzing racket, not at the expense of an organic immediacy and drive, “Ants”, the first excerpt from the forthcoming debut LP “Moralizer”, due on July 12th, explores how a work environment builds high pressure over time then, a necessary release of reckless behaviour ensues.

Taut guitars and thick bass throbs seethe with boisterous drama triggered by a syncopated “Love will tear us apart”-like drum attack to bounce forward with relentless jittery wire energy, fueled by thrumming low ends and plaintive sharp-edged scratching riffs with desolate synths gleaming out overhead, to slow down into a throbbing and radiant pinpoint build-up, by skittering and swirling with renewed intense vibrancy, whilst restless snotty, belted out vocals huff and shout with urgent anxious frustration.

Negative Gears debut album, “Moralizer”, is scheduled for release, in Ltd. Vinyl 12″ & Digital formats,  via Static Shock Records and Urge Records on July 12th.

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