I have a hard time finding the right words to describe anything anymore. The world feels like a gooey saccharine web filled with deflated nostalgia and overstimulated suspicion. It’s a feeling that reminds me of being depressed in my early teens. I never felt comfortable with the preset cliques that were conveniently in place, always mirroring the latest John Hughes movie. I didn’t want to be an outsider but the in-crowd was always painfully under-stimulating. In order to take part in both worlds, I would have to compromise elements of my personality and it always pissed me off.
The annoying conundrum led me into a lifetime affair with self soothing obsessions and mind altering vices, take your pick. This was the only way of ‘sneaking in’ to the human freak show without having to pay a cover charge. If people were uninhibited, how would they really act if they thought no one was watching? The people who were in those glossy moments of poisoned candidness with me are burned permanently into my selective memory, like impulsive ghosts waiting for the next big thing. For just one day, even just a few hours, everything mattered and nothing mattered.
The very desirable state of tranquil recklessness is not an easy one to find. New singles that are actually ‘good’ are not easy to find. The debut single by Italy’s Bravata caught me completely off guard, a sucker punch packed with hot songwriting and slick punk rock rowdiness. Led by Sergio Chiari of White Zoo Records fame, this tumultuous trio has produced an unforgettable single fused with decadent punk glam and insidious rock n roll fury.
The lead track/theme song ‘Bravata’ is an instant classic with its infectious atomic chorus and Zeros-esque punchy verse trade offs. It reminds me of a hidden gem you would find on an obscure early 80s punk compilation. The kind of secret track that makes you feel invincible around your friends because YOU are the one who discovered it. The B-Side ‘The South They All Ignore’ is the real hidden gem here. This track is the coolest fusion of T-Rex, Link Wray, and early Sub Pop psych-grunge. The vocal has a menacing hypnotic quality with its use of poetic aloofness and glitter damaged melody. If you’re bored with the new world order and looking for a new soundtrack to collapse into, start it with the stunning debut single by Bravata.
Kevin McGovern, 2017