Friday, April 19 2024

Matt Edible & the Obtuse Angels‘ latest single, ‘Idiot,’ is a riotous anthem that encapsulates an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek spirit. Hailing from Hull, UK, Matt Edible has long been a stalwart of the local music scene, and his latest venture with The Obtuse Angels feels like a culmination of years of musical evolution.

Following the success of their debut album ‘Stairgazing,’ the band returns with ‘Idiot,’ the second single from their upcoming album ‘The Optometrist.’

From the outset, ‘Idiot’ exudes vibrant energy, propelled by Adam Ant-esque tom-tom drums in the verses that set forth a rallying cry for Matt, playing the part of the protagonist… Aka, the idiot! Matt’s vocals burst forth with a shouty, ranting delivery, embodying the voice of ‘normal people’ disillusioned with their day-to-day and looking for more absurd things to occupy their time. From there, the track seamlessly transitions into a chorus fuelled by crunchy guitars, twanging bass, and an infectious vocal that will have you singing it all day… although, you might not want to go around singing “I’m a card-carrying idiot” out loud too often!

The production of ‘Idiot’ strikes a perfect balance between raw energy and polished execution, reminiscent of glam rock anthems from the ’70s but with a much dirtier approach. The fuzzy guitar sound adds a nostalgic charm, yet it’s clean enough to get anybody with an ounce of musical appreciation singing along like a loon. It reminded me of Liam Lynch’s ‘United States of Whatever’ – spoken dramatic verse with attitude and then a big chorus to grab you by the throat.

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Vocally, Matt channels the anarchic spirit of Carter USM and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, with hints of the melodic-rocking swagger of Mud, creating a sound that is both familiar and refreshing in equal doses.

The song’s dynamic shifts and well-timed drum breakdowns keep you engaged from beginning to end. Plus, some nicely layered backing vocals also add extra depth in the right places. Clocking in at just three minutes, ‘Idiot’ is a radio-friendly anthem that packs a punch without overstaying its welcome. As quick as the song starts, it’s done – finishing suddenly and leaving you wanting more. Just a quick, enjoyable smack around the head with a spade.

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The accompanying video, featuring Matt Edible in full ‘idiot’ mode, adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the whole experience, making it a must-watch.

‘Idiot’ is a triumph of irreverent rock ‘n’ roll that showcases Matt Edible & the Obtuse Angels at the height of their powers. With its infectious energy, catchy hooks, and tongue-in-cheek attitude, this single is another fantastic prelude to the upcoming album. We cannot wait!

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Hull’s Matt Edible & the Obtuse Angels release ‘Idiot,’ a riotous anthem blending irreverence and infectious energy. With catchy hooks and tongue-in-cheek attitude, it’s a must-listen precursor to their upcoming album.
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Matt Warren

Matt Warren is a Cheshire based musician who studied contemporary music and composition. When not writing for The Indie Grid he enjoys watching 'Breaking Bad' on continuous loop and going to gigs. Since a youngster his fave band have been 'The Beatles' (with 'Cardiacs' in at a close second)... and this still applies to this day.

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