Calgary post-punk band Preoccupations have been major contributors to Canada’s solid indie music reputation.
Despite a controversial past with their previous band name, They have been able to successfully kick off this rebranding with a new chapter of mesmerizing and dense music. A refreshing restart for a group with immense potential.
While they do have a decent amount of recognition for their output, they still slip away from quite a few people’s music radar. With that in mind, here are three of the best songs from Preoccupations that anyone unfamiliar with them should try out.
1. Degraded: A track that perfectly showcases the bands’ ability to balance artistic vision with accessibility. It’s a fun song that carries out an underlying musical theme on the rest of their self-titled project: waves of blistering rock instruments beautifully accented by subtle electronic beats and synthesizer lines.
2. Stimulation: Reverb-washed guitar chords coincided by a breakneck drum beat that carries on through the entire track. What’s not to like? An absolute essential in their discography.
3. Memory: The grandest has been saved for last. This eleven- and-a-half minute monster is a true show-and-tell of Preoccupations’ skills as songwriters. A playful bass line glosses over an earworm of a drum beat before reaching the vocal performance. After about even minutes’ worth of this, along with a noteworthy key change, the remaining five minutes are drenched in ambient swirls of distorted guitar feedback and lingering synth chords. The title says it all: it’s a memorable one.
By: John Pattee