“Wretched Lie” By The Tubs

The Tubs release a new single/video, “Wretched Lie.” The track is off of their forthcoming album, Dead Meat, which is dropping January 27th via Trouble in Mind (Facs, Martin Frawley). The track, song the title track and “Sniveller.” “Wretched Lie” is “about meeting yourself in a mysterious setting and telling yourself a lie,” says Owen “O” Williams. The accompanying video, doused in a dark red wash, was directed and animated by Tasha Lizak.

The Tubs make music that incorporates elements of post-punk, traditional British-folk, and guitar jangle seasoned by nonchalant Flying Nun pop hooks and contemporary antipodean indie bands. Dead Meat is resplendent in hi-fidelity strum and thrum, but the group’s penchant for traditional British folk and Canterbury folk-rock takes a noticeable, caffeinated step forward. Echoes of Fairport Convention’s decidedly English chime cross swords with William’s lyrics. Many songs urgently soar under Williams’ acerbic lyrics, recalling a younger, fiery Richard Thompson. These are pop tunes about erotomania, groinal rashes, extreme acts of sniveling and heinous South London flat odors. Mental illness tends to be a recurrent topic but these songs don’t offer any advice or particular sense of affirmation, relatability, hope etc. If anything, they seem more interested in the ways in which mental illness can turn the sufferer into a petty, annoying arsehole. O Williams explains: “Having a compulsive disorder which makes me go bonkers isn’t my ‘superpower’ or whatever, it actually just makes me this irritating guy who smells.”

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