PREMIERE: Behind You spiral down the rabbit hole on ‘More Like Flesh’
July 15th 2020
Photo: Kevin Stathis
Behind You have upped the ante on their latest offering ‘More Like Flesh’, reflecting the horrors of our dystopian information age in a way that feels equal parts concerning and cathartic. It premiered today on Arvos with Darren Lesaguis.
Just like the pleasant twelve months you thought you were going to have on the 1st of January 2020, Behind You’s ‘More Like Flesh’ kicks off in a manner that feels somewhat familiar and comfortable, with a guitar loop that could easily shift into a pub rock anthem. But as we all know by now, that’s not the way this story goes.
Those naive expectations are scrunched up and thrown into an acidic kaleidoscope of authoritarian paranoia that hits the ears like bugs on the windshield of a speeding car. However, unlike this train-wreck of a year we’ve been so kindly strapped into, this single fucking rocks.
Behind You has always been a group that isn’t afraid to step away from their output and come back with a new approach, and ‘More Like Flesh’ is a testimony to the strength of that restraint. They’ve added live percussionist Dylan Clay to their arsenal, whose primal thrashing of a drum kit pairs nicely with the very same disjointed guitar sample that lulled you into a false sense of security at the top of the track. Pairing this combo with producer Joe Goddard’s electric bass line evokes feelings of vertigo that stays with you ’til much after the ride is finished.
The lyrics of front-man Frank Fisher sit in the mix in a way that makes you earn their understanding and rewards repeat listening. Refrains on plain clothes constables and other familiar horrors paint a picture of political frustration without over-explaining these issues allowing the listener breathing room to project their own meaning onto the canvas. Stream ‘More Like Flesh’ below.