New York new-wave is alive and well with Public Practice. The Brooklyn band rose from the ashes of post-punk group WALL in their debut EP, Distance is a Mirror. The EP, released through Wharf Cat Records, is arguably one of the most thrilling releases from a new band in 2018. In just four songs, it conquers a David Byrnes-esque style of punk with a dancy sound that nods to ’70s disco.
The opening track, “Fate/Glory,” is already a strong enough introduction for the band, with its energetic bass-line and pulsating vocal performance by Sam York (WALL). A seamless transition to “Bad Girl(s)” boosts the overall pop-appeal of the album and gives it some weight with politically charged lyrics. “I won’t play your game / I don’t need your shame,” says York, as she shrugs off social expectations about womanhood and feminism. “Foundation” presents us with the meaning behind the album’s title while throwing in some serious Talking Heads vibes with its deadpan delivery. Distance is a Mirror sends us off with the tremendously catchy “Into the Ring,” a strong ending to an album that effortlessly captures the legacy of New York City punk.
Nov 30 – Black Cat / Washington, DC
Dec 03 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern / Cleveland, OH
Dec 04 – Hideout / Chicago, IL
Dec 05 – Ace of Cups / Columbus, OH
Dec 06 – A Red Wheelbarrow / Paterson, NJ
Dec 07 – Saint Vitus / Brooklyn, NY