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Anxiety Club - Single Review: Ginger In The Summer

17 Jan 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser

“Our love burned-up like a Ginger in the Summer, halfway down Dominion Road...”

Now if this up-tempo fun and friendly song with the above lyric, amongst many clever turns of phrase, doesn’t become a huge hit, I’ll buy a hat just to eat it.

Wellington band Anxiety Club have released a fundraising song Ginger In The Summer, with some of the proceeds going to the Cancer Society.

Lyrically it’s a boy meets girl song, he’s a muso (potentially the greatest indicator that the relationship is doomed) they hang out, fall in love etc.

Here’s the first verse:

“He had a job as a heavy metal drummer
He played the drums in a band
But they made love to the songs of Annie Crummer
In the back of his Hi-Ace van.” 

It’s lyrically sharper than a butcher’s favourite knife, and musically gets into your psyche like sand in your togs when you sit in the shallows.

Simply put, it’s a truly great song; catchier than the common cold, and kudos to the band for raising funds for an excellent cause.

It’s $3.99 to digitally download, and a bargain at twice the price.

Oh, and spoilers, the protagonists’ relationship doesn’t last.

Anxiety Club will embark on a national tour of the main centres in March, just as the sun sets on Summer. Be sure to check them out.

Ginger In The Summer is such a good track, it's worthy of being my first 5-star review.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

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.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Anxiety Club

Releases

Black Heart
Year: 2018
Type: EP
Live EP
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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