British pub punks Chubby and the Gang have unchained their latest single, the deep-fried gut-punching effort ‘Lightning Don’t Strike Twice’.
“I wrote this song about social inequality. Not mine but the people I saw around me,” band leader Charlie ‘Chubby’ Manning says. “I feel like the whole premise of poverty is presented like this game in which if you play your cards right you can escape. In reality, it’s more like playing a game of dice when they’re loaded against your favour. Constantly being struck by lightning and being told that it will never happen again. I remember witnessing someone’s telephone voice where they had to change their voice when conducting business or applying for jobs so they don’t come across as if they are from a lower class.”
I’m no expert in the British class systems or social and economic disparity in England, but I have listened to Pulp’s ‘Common People’ well over a thousand times, which makes me one of the thousands of Americans who believes that they’re an expert in the British class system. Really though, I’m in no place to serve up a half-baked opinion of a culture that isn’t even my own, so instead, I’ll focus mainly on the sound of the record, which is awesome.
Punk rock is such an affecting tool, but it remains a rather rigid idiom. For example: you don’t use phrases like “affecting tool” and “rigid idiom” to describe it. You say its loud and fast and snotty and cool, and any descriptors beyond that are pretentious. I don’t think I have heard a louder, faster, snottier, or cooler opening blast of drums than the ones that open ‘Lightning Don’t Strike Twice’, but the band goes to great lengths to inject some variety into a somewhat predictable genre.
The “front porch on the Mississippi Delta”-esque slide guitar intro isn’t exactly a fake-out, but it definitely does not adequately prepare you for how aggressive the actual slide guitar riff proper is. The swinging shuffle that accompanies the guitar solo is another surprise, somewhere between a joke and a genuinely inspired left turn. It all combines to make a fantastically fun and furious final product that leaves your head spinning, especially if you listen to the dead-sprint two-minute edit.
Check out the video for ‘Lightning Don’t Strike Twice’ down below.