Theatrical and dramatic, ‘The Saddest Man Around’ is the brand new single from Manchester-based Post Punk quartet Pyncher. The Radio 6 featured band blends the moody with the playful to create their intriguing latest single. The instrumentation serves to support the performative lead vocals, the main riff delivering an imposing simplicity that instantly gives the track oodles of personality, hinting towards a Spaghetti Western with the twanging tone of the guitar.
The lead vocals are the main focus of the track; half sung half spoken, the lyrics are almost written as a dramatic monologue, and it is easy to imagine vocalist Sam staggering about the stage. Pyncher achieves a rawness to their sound, perhaps in the simplicity of the track that inhibits hiding in texture. There is an openness in the track that is instantly recognisable and draws you into the performance. As Sam progresses through the track, it is unclear if he is close to laughter or tears, adding a layer of insanity and unpredictability that is compelling and sets this single apart.
The influence of Jack White is evident in the strutting guitar riffs but it is clear that Pyncher are carving out their own niche sound, allowing their personalities to shine through the performance. Formed just before Covid, Pyncher have benefited from time which they have used productively to shape a decisive and confident sound.
‘The Saddest Man Around’ is a fantastic listen, and feels almost too short. The song ends mid build up and feels abrupt but suits the tone of the track perfectly. There is an abundance of personality, and ‘Saddest Man’ gives a good indication of the kind of live show Pyncher would treat you to. Menacing and bordering on ridiculous, this is a strong release from the Manchester band, putting their performance at the forefront of the record.