MF Premiere: The Amber Bugs – ‘David Dimbleby’.

The Amber Bugs – London, England, United Kingdom.

“If it can’t be done live, it can’t be done” – The Amber Bugs. 

Musically Fresh is excited to premiere the first of two singles via London Alternative/Indie Punk band The Amber Bugs. The three-piece are today releasing the single and video for the intriguingly titled ‘David Dimbleby’ where the band are making use of a brass section for the first time to add to their already relatively grounded exploration into the worlds of Punk-Rock, Grunge, Folk, Indie and Ska.

The band’s socio-political charge and societal distaste (which to be honest from the title of the track should be obvious) really comes to point in this latest number. The music may well be playful but in the tradition of UK Ska-Punk and indeed the UK Punk scene in general, the melodies and stylistic hooks and applicability may well be there but only to incept the point all the deeper. Fear not though, “preachy” is not a word anyone could use to describe this band, I think the more complimentary “needed” would be more fitting.

‘David Dimbleby’ makes use of the brass section over a playful low bass-line in the verses alongside satirical lyrics and a gentle almost Balkan feel to music until the 1:40 mark, where bouncy dual vocalled Ska-Punk begins to take charge with the subtle heaviness of the guitars making all the difference. The pace then subsides for more direct lyricisms in a track that constantly changes pace just to keep you guessing.

The Amber Bugs could fit any bill, they are “punk” enough for the Punk shows and varied and playful enough for all those Ska-humans and easily melodic and easy going enough for a more mainstream audience. The Amber Bugs are intelligent, skilled and an excellent band telling of the times. Enjoy!

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Matthew Speer

Matt has 2.1 BA in History and is most likely somewhere in his twenties. He enjoys a wide range of music, but has a strong penchant for Punk-Rock. Originally he hails from the Isle Of Wight off the South Coast of England, UK and spends most of his time around England's South-West.

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