Providence punks Public Policy are a band that runs like a well-oiled machine. Tight rhythms and distorted sounds accent an intense approach to a style of music that feeds off of it. With their brand new EP, titled Human Resource, being premiered in New Noise Magazine today, this quartet is on a mission to get louder and louder with each track. Dean Gardner unleashes angst through his screaming vocals while Nick Cooper rips off stellar riffs on lead guitar. A seismic foundation is set via Dan Moriarty on drums and Dan Sliwinski on bass.
“When we demoed this EP, I was super fucking sick and had lost a bunch of weight and had no idea why,” Moriarty says on the making of the new record. “It turns out that I was in the throes of severe, undiagnosed diabetic ketoacidosis and was teetering on catastrophic organ failure because my pancreas had decided to call it quits. Whoops. It’s pretty strange to get type-1 diabetes in your late 20s, so it was completely off my radar. I missed the mixing session strapped to a hospital bed. Our song “Insulin” was partly inspired by this mess.”
Starting the EP off is “Trawlers” with a slow build up into a crunching and amplified barrage. “Alluvial Cuts” is an excellent example of the band’s increased loudness with both Gardner and Cooper’s guitars being at the forefront. In your face and unrepentant is “The Soveriegn” due to Gardner’s vocals being the main focus. “Ice Age” has Cooper taking over on vocals in a sludgy jam that crushes everything in its path. The track mentioned by Moriarty, “Insulin” is the fastest track on the EP and there’s a plethora of musical electricity being exhibited.
The production quality is poignant and clear due to the skills of Daryl Rabidoux and Mike Viele. There’s a fierce vibe from start to finish. Public Policy’s brand new release is bound to leave the senses wanting more. All you have to do is press play and enjoy.
Top photo by Stuart Window