The South London hedonists flourish on this relentless and mind-bending offering.
Words by Laura Pegler
Looking outside of the window at a glistening snowfall, it would seem that nothing can tug at your supressed childhood spirit quite like a snow day. Revelling in this rebellion and comfortable in the freeze, are the South London based six-piece Children Of The Pope with their latest offering Dying Cold.
Leading the charge, we’re treated to a no-frills raucousness complete with scuzzy guitars and grunge-led riffs. Finding method in the madness, vocalist João Oliveira’s distorted vocals channel the uninhibited energy of a young Richard Hell. With clanging keys chiming at the forefront, the band present a whip-smart take on ‘contemporary’ post-punk. If you’re yet to invest in a record player and endlessly trawl vintage markets for that must-have 70’s vinyl, then this track could well be classed as the next best thing.
Commenting on the single, Oliveira explains: “Dying Cold is a rebellious outburst of words that instigate civil disobedience. It’s about rock ‘n’ roll as a whole. It’s about the crisis that happens inside the person when you get the sweet taste of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s not about the glamour and stardom, it’s about the manifestation of the rock ‘n’ roll spirit.” Given that we’ve been rather underwhelmed on the gig front this year, I’m sure we could all do with a healthy dose of what these guys are on.
Taking the phrase ‘music is my religion’ to heart, the London locals are surely leading us down an enlightened path of free-spirited musicality. All that’s left to do is step outside, smash that snow right up with Dying Cold on full blast in the background. Find the band on Spotify here.