Cold Pumas – Fog Cutter (single) (Faux Discx / Gringo Records / Italian Beach Babes)

Cold Pumas are a Brighton, UK based post-punk trio and following a slew of 7” releases over the past few years, “Fog Cutter” is the first taste from the band’s upcoming album, ‘Persistent Malaise’ (see album art above).

Firstly, you’ll need to give this one a few spins but make no mistake “Fog Cutter” is mighty fine track.  Be warned though, it’s not pretty…nor is meant to be. With basic, even primitive, instrument and production choices consisting of only bass, lo-fi drumming, a lone jangly and gritty guitar, and a heavily obscured vocal, “Fog Cutter” sounds like a post-punk rehearsal tape from the 70’s.

Sticking to just one beat and one key for the entire duration “Fog Cutter” builds in urgency right to the point where it almost loses control. It uses mood and tension rather than traditional song smarts to create an uneasy and claustrophobic feeling that’s most comparable to Joy Division. Just listen to the shouts of “I know, I know, I know” at 1:20 and 2:15, which contains every bit of tension as “day in, day out, day in, day out” from Joy Division’s Digital.

Despite the lack of dynamics, you’ll find that after only a couple of plays the song, and in particular the guitar melodies, are deceptively hooky.

Many post-punk revivalists simply emulate the sound of the era but on “Fog Cutter”, Cold Pumas have applied the sound and spirit of post-punk and expressed it in an organic, authentic and unique way.

Judging by this lead single, ‘Persistent Malaise’ is definitely one album to keep an ear out for.

For a limited time you can download “Fog Cutter” for free from the Cold Pumas Soundcloud page.

Listen to “Fog Cutter” below: