Reviewed – Pint + Blister – The Wild Side of Eden

Rating – 3.5/5

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‘The Wild Side of Eden’ is Cheshire band, Pint + Blister’s second single in 2020: a melancholic love song inspired by the likes of Johnny Marr and The Manic Street Preachers. 

The trio has only been around for 8 months. However, during that time, they have written, recorded, and produced five of their own singles, each of which offers a completely different perspective on the band. Their earlier releases encompass a harsh punk-infused sound. For example, ‘Angry Machine’ is a song hell-bent on destruction! Teeming with heavy riffs and riotous noise, frontman, Brocklehurst’s fury is voiced through his screams and cries. ‘Upwardly Mobile’, on the other hand, has the snide and cynical murmurings of a band like Squid. Both this track and ‘Why Won’t You Love Me’ present the trio’s grungy side. However, their third single is a virtuosic display of rapid guitar and drum solos over a simple but catchy 12-bar-blues. Changing again, their first track of 2020, ‘Dysthymia’, is filled with Britpop-inspired instrumental sections surrounded by roaring power chords. After so much experimentation, it is not at all surprising that their latest track, ‘Wild Side of Eden’, is different once again.

However, their newest single is actually one of the first they ever wrote as a band, stemming from the trio’s early Alternative rock influences. The track begins with what sounds like a soundcheck, immediately creating the intimate atmosphere required in a song addressed to a lover. Next, we are hit with a wave of uplifting arpeggiated guitar chords. The song starts building up to the chorus from the very outset, Joshua Goodyear pounding the drums in a dramatic crescendo.

Nevertheless, despite its hopeful sound, the band has penned an incredibly sad story to accompany it. Brocklehurst describes a man who feels he does not deserve to be loved, and cannot understand the affection he is receiving. He even goes as far as declaring that he’d “rather be lost or dead” than be in a relationship, convincing himself he does not want love rather than is afraid of it. However, he does come clean. “You’ve come too close”, he admits, confessing his attempts at evading affection. He also exclaims his desire to reach “the wild side of Eden”, which, depending on your level of optimism, could mean two things: either he wishes to escape his risk-free paradise and attempt to love, or he still doesn’t believe he deserves love’s nirvana. The connotations surrounding the garden of Eden certainly suggest the latter – it is as if he feels he is being tempted away from security, towards an unknown world he can’t resist. Whether this is a good thing is up to the listener to decide.

Sadly, the lyrics of the last verse stay true to a man who believes he can only disappoint. The track’s ending is sudden and impactful, alluding to the more pessimistic interpretation of its words. It is during these verses that the grunge elements we see in their other music really surface themselves. Whereas the choruses are uncharacteristically dreamy and pop-influenced, the gain is switched on for the verses, educing the complex mix of emotions Brocklehurst’s character is feeling.

Yet, don’t despair. The drama that runs through the whole track offers a different story. Every section is unforgettable in the way that it builds up to the next. This all contributes to a more joyous track than you first might think, especially once you hear the final, epic guitar solo, and that one last soaring chorus.

Whilst there’s certainly room for improvement, Pint + Blister has demonstrated the perfect way to start a band. By exploring so many different styles of music, they show fans everything they might come to expect from this exciting, new trio. Their ability to create huge tunes in so many different genres is a rare and unignorable sign of the band’s talent and promise. Each track is a fresh new take on their influences, making them a thrilling band to keep on top of.

Review by Alex Brian

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