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Anxiety Club - EP Review: Black Heart

11 Nov 2018 // A review by Jessie Armstrong

The opening track from Anxiety Club's new EP is titled Holes In My Skin, and within an instant I was in love with it and felt a connection from the first line “when the lights went out I said to myself I will never be here again”. Who among us hasn’t felt like that at some point? Anxiety Club also pay homage to their hometown of Wellington in this song and the wind blew still in the Wellington hills, it only happens now and then” - if you’ve ever spent any time in our capital city, you’ll understand that all too well.

The second track is also the title track of the EP Black Heart. The overall feel on this track is one of sadness, it reminds me of the feeling you have when you have to make a decision whether to end a relationship or not because you're experiencing doubt “do I have a black heart baby I’ve been thinking of someone else, it’s no reflection on you it’s just something I do.”

Another track worth mentioning is I Give In, with lyrics like leaving all the ghosts behind. Couldn’t find a way to die”. In my personal opinion, this track is perhaps the one with the darkest lyrical content and, in no way, should that be considered a bad thing. I feel that if you’re someone who has gone through mental illness you’ll find some comfort in this track as it could help you to understand that while you may feel alone there are people out there who understand and feel the same way you do.

Black Heart as a whole is a beautiful EP and does a wonderful job of getting the listener to think and understand what could possibly be going through in their own lives, it truly is incredible and I strongly urge to go and purchase this EP at https://anxietyclubmusic.bandcamp.com. Go and see Anxiety Club live if you can, I can only imagine how amazing it would be to hear any one of these songs live.


About Anxiety Club

Wellington band Anxiety Club have been performing their alt-country/indie-influenced “feel-good anthems of heartache and despair” around Aotearoa since 2016. Over that time they have played stages big and small, released a series of singles and EPs to much acclaim, made numerous appearances on radio, and won fans wherever they were heard.

The band originally bonded over a common love for alt-country, adding their own unique twist of indie alt-pop pop and grunge, with electronic influences. They made their mark with the singles Be Still and I Don’t Want Anyone (But You), alongside a series of triumphant shows, including their sold-out debut at The Wine Cellar in Auckland. They’ve also chalked up acclaimed performances at numerous New Zealand festivals and events, from Coastella and New Plymouth’s TSB Festival of Lights, to playing at Gardens Magic in Wellington.

In October 2018 Anxiety Club continued their winning streak with the release of their first studio-recorded EP Black Heart.

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