Sunday, 24 February 2019

Who Killed Nancy Johnson? - Pretending to Like People



  "It's their best song yet..." was just one of a number of positive comments from the chatroom folk when I played today's song on last week's Just Some Punk Songs show. The song is from the They Reap Sessions ep, it's by Reading band Who Killed Nancy Johnson? (https://www.facebook.com/WhoKilledNancyJohnson/)  and yeah, it's damn good.

You can find the ep, along with previous releases, on their bandcamp page :  https://wknancyj.bandcamp.com/album/they-reap-sessions

  A 4 piece made up of Stefan Ball (vocals), Pete Moulton (guitar/vocals) Mark Wren (drums/vocals) and new recruit Dawid Bychowski (bass) their music is an impressive post punk barrage of jittery guitar and frantic drumming. Influences include The Stooges, The Ruts, Wire, Magazine etc, song structures are ambitious and lyrically they impress. They've been honing their skills since 2015 (when they were reborn from the ashes of punk/pop band Nancy Johnson) and have built up an impressive live following.

  Their best song yet? I'll let you decide for yourselves. This is Pretending To Like People....

How are you hung?
Are you from round here, or somewhere far-flung?
Are you my age or older - are you quite young?
Pierced in your eyebrow, belly, is it your tongue?
How many scars do you bear?

Pretending to like people
Social success

Do you think my hair is all right?
Do you like men about my height?
Are you drunk? Would you like a light?
Do you come here every Friday night?

Pretending to like people
Social success

Give me your name
Eye glazed at the window stand in the rain
Bite on my hand give me a DNA stain
Tattoo my face on your shoulder welcome the pain
I’ll give you a thousand yard stare

Pretending to like people
Social success
Pretending to like people
Not to excess

What are your dreams?
Do you believe in god and his oddball schemes?
Are all of us equal - or is that just in memes?
Shatter a glass with a scream - dear heart
How can I tell everybody apart?

Pretending to like people
Social success
Pretending to like people
Not to excess
Social success
A will to impress….
How are you hung?


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