Chasing Claire is a three piece punk outfit and “Deadbeat” is the latest single from their upcoming debut EP ‘Options’. Deadbeat encapsulates a raw garage punk crunch with coarse, emotively charged vocals. Encroaching on five minutes in length, it’s long for a punk tune, but it doesn’t necessarily feel that way. It’s form and dynamic are varied enough, with a guitar solo that brings a sense of greater musicality.

“Spitting in your face while they crawl into a space”, the shrieks of expression from the vocals provide the same kind of allusion and motivations that the style is frequently shrouded in. The tune thumps and grinds itself along, mad with irritability and a chorale of shouts.

There is nothing overly new or exciting to be found here, but neither is it poor in its delivery. It would be interesting to see whether or not in the context of the whole EP a greater picture is painted in which “Deadbeat” plays an important role.

Also printed in Bside Magazine 9 July 2015