Reviewed: The Losing Score – The Modern Art Of Hitting Snooze

Released: 26th June 2020

Rating: 4/5

The Modern Art Of Hitting Snooze is The Losing Score’s first release since their debut EP, Still Waiting For Things To Get Better, at the back end of 2018. It’s been a long wait, but the Shrewsbury emo trio are back, and this punchy procrastination number is just what is needed right now.

After months of lockdown, many people will have found themselves with more time than they know what to do with, and with a world of possibilities, far too many of us have done close to nothing. The Modern Art Of Hitting Snooze makes you reflect on everything you’ve not achieved because you were too busy procrastinating. It’s easy to relate to the honest, self-deprecating lyrics, which show that the band are down-to-earth and also don’t appear to take themselves too seriously. It’s hard not to chuckle at lines such as “I lost my direction, so now I’m stuck in rush hour traffic. Because the scenic route was too much effort,” before feeling personally attacked by how much truth there is in it.

The track was self-recorded, and lacks a certain polish as a result. This is of little importance however, as the slight mugginess adds to the bleak nature of the song, and indeed the genre itself. Contrasting with the monotonous lyrics, the music is catchy and upbeat, with well-written sections and a moreish chorus. The guitar leads the song throughout, with speedy fills adding an extra layer, and likening it to bands such as Thursday and Misser.

Coming in at just over three minutes, The Modern Art Of Hitting Snooze is a fun little song, although it’s also quite a big slap around the face, and is a very welcome addition to The Losing Score’s back catalogue. They’ve promised it won’t be such a long wait before more music, and if it’s anything like this effort, there’s plenty to be excited about.

Review by Will Cooper

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