And BOOM we are straight in, no messing about, with a driving bassline which is perfectly complemented with thrashing but ethereal drums. The vocals weave in with a style of Echo and the Bunnymen but this track is more about the sonic experience. Can a track have a big sound? I think so, and this is it. As “Waterside Mews” progresses the foot is slightly taken off the pedal and it moves into a sporadic instrumental section largely improvised while recording at The Ranch Production House with producer Neil Kennedy (Creeper, Milk Teeth, Boston Manor). It demonstrates the talent of the musicians to create an improvisation and make it part of the final track. The song is written from the imagined perspective of a dogwalker who stumbles upon a dead body tied to a tree – not your usual subject matter for a song, but this is a musical journey rather than a lyrical one.
NME claims that Social Contract are “one of the most exciting noises to come out of London in ages…no-one is writing guitar music this intimate yet expansive.” , and I can absolutely see why.
Check out the video for the single here: