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We review the new single from The Issues – Arancini

Where to even start with Arancini, the cheeky punk rock track from, The Issues. There’s this wild child energy in their style, and a schoolboy humour in their delivery. And this is just the band’s basic style, but one that’s on full display here.

At first it can come off as a little jarring and ever so slightly childish. But it’s the boyish charm that The Issues bring in their chaotic delivery and wild punk feel. It’s what makes them so appealing to fans of punk fundamentals. 

Taking it back to Punk basics, there’s a full force, fast paced guitars and drums, and a smidge of unhinged vocals. It’s the pioneering of these elements that grew that British Punk style and one that The Issues carry faithfully. 

Starting with the vocals, it helps to understand the odd title choice, and the surrounding theme of the song. It’s overtly anti establishment, and who’s to blame the band when their start up was stunted slightly by a global pandemic and the ongoing political crisis that ensued immediately post pandemic. The vocals are straight to the point in poking fun at shamed PM Boris Johnson, putting the singer directly in a bastardised version of the public figure to poke fun at him. Making pointed remarks about having a swanky flat, a string of ex-wives, and attending illegal lockdown parties. This comes to a head with the title containing a line, comparing Arancini and former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. 

Obviously, that’s a lot to unpack, in and of itself. But it outlines how on the pulse The Issues are with their delivery and songwriting. The vocals themselves are delivered in a very Brit Punk style that feels like send-ups of genre-heavy hitters. 

Moving onto the rest of the song though, we can see the wild guitar that is so entwined with the genre that they’re a key component in crafting a track. With the usual use of feedback, heavy fast paced riffs that spiral into a whirling dervish of notes. Here they go perfectly with the ever so slightly less (though not by much) chaotic bass. Although the bass does get a few moments to shine a little more when the guitar breaks for a moment. 

Lastly, the drums follow the same style, keeping with the unhinged feel of the track. They break at the correct moments and feel like an uncontrollable pounding that only stop to take a much needed breather, and not because they want to. 

With Arancini, everything comes together in spectacular fashion. With song writing that, at first, comes off obnoxiously boisterous, the listener can infer the real deal the song is striving for. One that’s a seething jab at the UK political sphere at this moment in time. Wrapped up in a tidy punk package that’s very reminiscent of the heights that the UK punk scene once knew. It’s actually a perfect musical time capsule and one that’s both hilarious, jiving, and poignant in the most beautiful way.