song: "Ghost Poke” - Fritz
words: Sam Leung
I love me some good old fashioned C86-style noise pop. Since the end of the ‘90s, this delicate art form seems to ebb and flow on the edge of existence. So, when a new band shows up with that sound, I will gladly eat it up with a spoon.
“Ghost Poke” from Newcastle, Australia’s Fritz ticks all the boxes: Wistful words over loud, jangly, distorted guitars? Check. Frantic drumming? Reverb-drenched reverb? And all in less than three minutes? Check, check, and check.
Getting caught up in the song’s rapid and sunny demeanor, it’s easy to miss the insecurity of the lyrics. As singer Tilly Murphy explains, the title refers to flaky companions who seem to hover around only when they need something from you, then ghosting you when they don’t. “I’ve known so many people like that and it’s made me feel like I’m alone all the time, which I’m obviously not but I’ve got it into my head that people who talk to me [do so] only to be kind." Sometimes all you can do, as she tells herself in the chorus, is “breathe in, breathe out” and let them go.
Break Even Recordings recently released the track as a double A-side 7” single with the equally excellent “Jan 1st” . You can order the vinyl on their bandcamp page.