The nature of GRDNS psychedelic rock is to be less ‘flowers and flares’ and more straight up rock n’ roll. Their songs, while having glimmers of classic psych, mutate more into what sounds like Humbug-era Arctic Monkeys, back when they had more *kick*, but with flickers of Tame Impala’s harder material.
And speaking of *kick*, their latest track, ‘Hydraulic Lover’, oozes of it, right in your stomach too. It’s punchy guitars wail and blast around the walls of the song, coming in immediately with their heaviest riff yet.
The single is produced by James Kenosha (Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Rhodes) which may suggest why it’s their heaviest yet. Despite this, the most prominent feature to shine through on this new banger is the vocals. They tend to tread on the fine line between cool and laid back, but also vicious and rough. It’s a track full of youth and driven by lust, or perhaps a lack thereof.
Frontman Jacob Lyons said about the track: “Hydraulic Lover is about accepting all the bad attitudes, stupid shit and low vibe activities you get up to when you’re young. It’s the idea that song people treat each other like sex-bots and the action of love is more hydraulic than passionate.” Given this information, it’s not hard to see where the angst driven sound of it came from, and why his snarl has so much bite.
It’s one of the more exciting rock tracks to come out recently, wobbling in the past but not stuck there, while still managing to feel very modern, and very cool.