Spearheaded by frontwoman Sam York and main creative force Vince McClelland, Public Practice reanimate the first rumblings of New York new-wave on their debut full-length album, Gentle Grip. Their lyrics are often politically questioning, but the quartet, rounded out by synth/bass player Drew Citron and drummer Scott Rosenthal, never forget their primary mission of making people dance.
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‘Gentle Grip’ is an album which feels like a tour of 70s and 80s New York. From the Suicide synth-punk stormer of the opener to its new wave bite and the dance-punk-funk which defines its majority, its as if Public Practice were around to witness all the CBGB groups of the era who made both an impact on the charts and alternative music history.
Public Practice are descendants of big apple art scene funksters like Liquid Liquid, Talking Heads and ESG, in addition to UK groups Au Pairs and Gang of Four. Their instrumentals are loaded with clever flourishes, the lyrical delivery is poised, and the production packs a punch. Notably, ‘Gentle Grip’ revolves around rhythms and rhumba. The incredible bass work shifts from sparse dub to melodic higher notes and terse grooves which heighten the offbeat. It’s often reminiscent of Sleater-Kinney’s assertive punk swagger, off-kilter rhythms, vocal interplays and angular riffing. ‘Compromised’ could easily slot nicely into ‘Dig Me Out’, a feat heard especially when Sam York repeatedly shouts “Consume!” with so much authority that you can’t help but pay attention.
‘Gentle Grip’ is a fantastically upbeat debut with plenty of track variation and excellent instrumental work. It rounds off the more challenging sounds of the bands who’ve influenced them with a melodic sensibility, encouraging catchiness and dancefloor summons.
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