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 On their debut full length, Gentle Grip, Public Practice

reanimate the spirit of late ‘70s New York with their

playfully angular brand of no wave-meets-funk and dark

disco. While magnetic singer and lyricist Sam York and

guitarist and principal sonic architect Vince McClelland

(who both played together as members of the meteoric

yet shortlived NYC post-punk outfit WALL) take an almost

anarchic approach to songwriting, Drew Citron, on synth

and bass, and drummer/producer Scott Rosenthal (both

previously of Brooklyn indie-pop favourites Beverly) bring a

more traditional, pop sensibility to the table. These

contrasting styles challenge and complement each other,

resulting in a sound that is full of spiraling and exhilarating

tensions. Lyrically, York explores the complexities and

contradictions of modern life overtop grooves and

choruses that disarmingly open up the doors to selfreflection.

“You don’t want to live a lie / But it’s easy /

Your house is important / Your car is important / Your

shoes are important / Dinner’s important“ she sings on

“Compromised,” begging the question: how does one

balance material desires with the desire to be seen as a

good person? Changing pace, the supremely groovy “My

Head” is about tuning out the influx of external noise and

staying true to your inner creative force. But whether they

are poking holes in commonly held ideas centered around

relationships, creativity, or capitalism, Public Practice never

lose sight of the fact that they want to have fun, and they

want you to have fun too. After all, who needs a soapbox

when there’s a dark, sweaty dancefloor out there with

room on it for all of us?

 RIYL: Talking Heads, Parquet Courts, Bodega, Bikini Kill.

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Weight 300 g
Dimensions 31.5 × 31.5 × .05 cm
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