Smash Boom Pow give emotional labour and angst a soundtrack.
With a sound reminiscent of early years The Strokes and an intensity that would make Kurt Cobain proud, rock duo Smash Boom Pow is the perfect pairing to give emotional weariness an angsty soundtrack.
Way Too Much is that soundtrack and, as the title suggests, it’s a two-minute musical rampage lamenting being asked to give too much emotionally. From the blistering guitar tones and the occasional angsty voice crack to the primal intensity of the drum section, every note of the single is brutal, bruising and appetisingly angry.
In the words of the band, “Ulysses [vocals/guitar] came up with this track to clear some heavy vibes from his atmosphere. It was cathartic and therapeutic all at once, as well as satisfying for him as an indie rock fanboy.
“The lyric “you’re asking way too much of me” is not about an unreasonable labour request, but rather unfair emotional demands…on one hand, you have love for someone and are inclined to compromise for the sake of the relationship, while on the other you’ve got to be true to your experience and set the record straight. It’s not worth living a lie.”