Roaring rock band Mules have continued to usher in the emphasis with today’s release of their second single The Things We Learn In Books.
The hard-hitting number tackles some of contemporary life’s most prevalent issues, with a notable reflection of cultural and societal dominance and the urge to sever oneself from the trials and tribulations of western capitalism evident through the lyricism.
Mules are a heavy post-punk band from Brighton and follow up their maiden track Clapping For Carers – a piece synonymous with the band’s antipathic identity when speaking of political problems.
Mules is headed by lead singer and lyricist Tommy Vincent, with Louis May strumming the guitar and Mark Conford the bassist, Sam Luck serves as the heartbeat through exemplary work on the drums.
The new single was recorded at Metway Studios in Brighton and has been released through HalfMeltedBrain Records, drawing listeners in with a crescendo of catchy candour and lustrously refined production.
The title, an ironic ode to the many crucial life lessons that are digested outside the boundaries of academic education, is an apt encapsulation of the narrative of the song; education can only take someone so far through times of heartbreak and angst - the absurdity of life.
Much of the message derives from Vincent’s university days, where he completed an MA degree in Political Philosophy, saying, “I still feel like an idiot most of the time. No matter how many phrases and concepts you learn it doesn’t mean shit when life throws something powerful at you."
At the base of the impactful music is a good old, sound-shattering punk rock sound. Electricity and vibrancy at the forefront of a gripping new force in the industry.
The stringed instruments ignite the fire in the songs belly, the crash of the drums dictates and Vincent’s powerful voice leaves fans captivated by the energy and conviction on show.
The band is currently two gigs into a six-venue tour, and well on the way to attracting a larger audience through robust and thrilling performances.
It is surely only a matter of time until the smattering of support spreads like wildfire and ignites a surge in popularity for the worthy four-piece.
This is a group of individuals who have merged to create a force to be reckoned with in the post-punk era. Mules will dominate a ferocious genre for years to come, with the surface of a promising career yet receiving but the deftest of scratches.