Public Practice in Leeds
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Friday 1st February 2019, £6.00
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Distance Is a Mirror
The debut EP from New York band Public Practice, Distance is a Mirror, is a confident, juried testimony of love steeped in dark optimism. Dry, deadpan vocals chant over skittish guitar and danceable 70s groovessongs snapping like rubber bandsseesawing between post-punk and itsinsomniac twin sister disco. With contradicting referencesas overt as Talking Heads (without the shoulders), but as specific as Haruomi Hosono of Yellow Magic Orchestra(with some polka dots), the band is carrying a funky torch that does not get lit too often.
The four members of Public Practicesinger Sam York, guitarist Vince McClelland, synth/bassist and vocalist DrewCitron, and drummer/programmer/producer Scott Rosen-thalare no strangers to songwriting. A Brooklyn DIYsupergroup of sorts, Public Practice combines members offreshly-dead punk project WALL and local pop band Bev- erly. Public Practice backs their ambitious songwriting withserious chops, their live shows already pulling them intothe sharp foreground of a scene growing all too warm-and- fuzzy.
Sam York's lyrics reflect the city and its contradictions they are personal, funny, cryptic and surreal, but never truly pessimistic, rotating around an individual's toxic but symbi- otic relationship with perception.
By the end of the short and bitter-sweet 4-song EP, punc-tuated by Sam York's sign-off of no you can't take it back now, Public Practice anchors themselves as a new band with wisdom like their influences, bringing songs distinct-ly fresh as they are familiar. Public Practice will privatelychange your mind about where guitar music is going. Tired of the familiar? Seeing dots? Wake up!
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