Thursday, November 30, 2023

Punk, Meet Garage Rock (and Vice Versa): Dream of a Man in a Top Hat Release the Energetic ‘The Bad Side’

Lee Leffler and Michael Frackleton, two-thirds of the 80’s post-punk band Native Tongue from Boston, form the psychedelic/alt rock/post-punk duo known as Dream of a Man in a Top Hat.

Following the positive reception of their EP and inaugural album, Dream of a Man in a Top Hat dedicated 2022 and 2023 to unveiling a collection of new singles, with several included in the ‘Buzzy Beans’ album. This includes their latest single ‘The Bad Side’. 

‘The Bad Side’ shifts between vintage punk elements to contemporary rock to create an interesting melody and rhythm that surges into a fuelled rage with calming subtleties inspired by garage rock for a transcending into futuristic sound wave for a confused haze and enjoyable listen. 

Prominent in 'The Bad Side' are instances where Dream of a Man in a Top Hat seamlessly blends intense drumming and fiery guitars, generating a raw punk energy. The robust bass line contributes to a sturdy rhythm, complementing the repetitive lyrics like "the bad side I didn’t know I had but it’s the bad side better watch out".

Undoubtedly, 'The Bad Side' stands as a song that exhibits Dream of a Man in a Top Hat in a positive light. They seamlessly blend simplicity and complexity, incorporating various genres to craft an intense track with intricate instrumentals. The straightforward yet impactful lyrics contribute to a unique listening experience, fueling the flames of the punk renaissance.

Ana Joy King


Image: ‘The Bad Side’ Official Single Cover

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