South London six-piece, Phobophobes, have shared their first single from their upcoming new album and it is a gutter pop jam that has us reeling. Listen to our Track of the Day, ‘Moustache Mike’.
The new track is the first the band have released the first cut from their upcoming second record which was written against all odds. The band have had a staggeringly large mountain to climb to get to this point but now they’re intent on yodelling for all to hear.
‘Moustache Mike’ is inspired by a drug-fuelled American banjo player and Baby Jane Holzer, one of Andy Warhol’s superstars namechecked in Roxy Music’s ‘Virginia Plain’ and The Velvet Underground’s ‘Sweet Jane’.
“I actually went over to her house,” says frontman Jamie Taylor. “I thought it’d be quite interesting to pair how she is now as an aging socialite and the evolution of the American dream, from a dream to something else. It’s photogenic America disappearing. I can’t stand American politics, I can’t stand what they do to the planet, but at the same time, there is a sort of intrigue from all sorts of eras, from the ‘50s to watching American TV when you were a kid. You’re still drawn to it.”
The track itself lands with the otherworldly nous of a band who has been to inky space many times in their career. A dark and dirty vocal rings out as the song swells and gathers an all-consuming pace that swallows you up and spits you out 4 minutes later.
It’s the mark of a band who seem resolutely defiant against all the trials and tribulations of modernity. They may have been knocked down a few times in their short career but this time they’re getting back up with clenched fists and the bit between their teeth.