Dance-punk outfit, Silent Forum, return with their second single off their forthcoming debut album and highlight a mundane mechanism with “Robot,” via Libertino Records. The Cardiff quartet — Richard Wiggins, Dario Ordi, Oli Richards, and Elliot Samphier — sees post-punk threads in an avant-noir disposition as the lyrics take a rather dark turn. Frontman Wiggins’ scathing, melodic tone grabs the bland appetite for life that is embedded in each line to a soaring assortment of excitable grooves.
“’Robot’ is a fun character piece. The world already has enough breakup songs, or songs about partying – I thought it’d be funny to write something about a disgruntled office worker. It’s not a song about me – I have a far more positive outlook than whoever this song is about,” explains Wiggins.
The track’s hook admits to the repetitive nature of being a programmed machine, but somehow still justifies being like everyone else. The upbeat and insanely catchy guitar riffs walk these sentiments and tip-toe from the alternative rock scheme to the culture mindset that emerged from the post-punk scene within the lyrics: “I feel a shortage of high pressure in my life / I need the office chair / I need spreadsheets I hold dear/ I love coffee, I hate beer.” Swift drum hits marry a lively bass vibrato, back to the cheerful backing vocals and overall encapsulates the track’s existence for a polished offering.
Taken from Silent Forum’s forthcoming debut LP, produced by Charlie Francis of R.E.M., Future of the Left and Ultravox fame.
Cover photo: The Shoot