On the hunt for addictive, fuzzed-up and raspy indie? Look no further than Philadelphia foursome Mattress Food; Sami Rahman, Wallace Gerdy, Paul O’Connell & Adam Figurelle.
Taking their lead from the melodic, anthemic instincts of bands like The Replacements and The Strokes, adding a touch of the melancholy from British pop music a la New Order and The Cure and you’ve kind of got the idea. Their debut single proper is ‘Burn Yr Idols’. Backed by a steady beat, it blazes a trail with addictive riffs cutting through a mire of fuzz as Rahman’s raspy vocals, delivered with grit and attitude, rages against ‘toxic behavior’ (racism, homophobia, toxic masculinity, transphobia, etc.). It’s powerful, angered and defiant – the kind of tune that on playing it, you grow 10 feet tall and swagger down the street like nothing in this world can phase you.
Listen to ‘Burn Yr Idols’ below; a superb opening introduction.