Dream of a Man in a Top Hat – Like a Fire Engine
Release Date: January 20, 2023
Format: Single | Digital
Genre: Psychedelic Post Punk from Space
Origin: Boston, MA, USA
A Yowl from the Past
Forty years have passed since Boston’s trio Native Tongue have released their album „Yowl“ on Modern Method Records. The full-length record was the follow-up release to their self-titled EP from 1981. Further releases by the Post Punk band from Massachusetts were a demo also recorded in 1981 and a compilation which combined EP and LP and was published in 2008. Apart from that, Louis Selvitella, Lee Leffler and Michael Frackleton have not made further appearances in the world of music until two of them came back as Dream of a Man in a Top Hat and released their debut album „Blunt Instrumentals„. Only a year later, Leffler and Frackleton presented the „Sudden Return of DOAMIATH“ on which they added vocals to their music and since early 2022, the duo has published a new single every other month. The laste release is called ‚Like a Fire Engine‘.
The theme of the single fits the recent output by Dream of a Man in a Top Hat: standstill or even going backwards are no options. Instead, the movement is like the one of a fire engine: forward, unstoppable, determined. And the message conveyed in the lyrics are thus a highly motivational incentive to get up, stand up, and stop blocking one’s own progress.
get out of your own way
For those who have known (or just learned about) Native Tongue, ‚Like a Fire Engine‘ proves that Leffler and Frackleton still have the Post Punk in their blood. But different to the dystopian and deconstructive sounds that they produced in the early 1980s, ‚Like a Fire Engine‘ comes with a new sonic mindset. The chorus is a catchy Indie Rock banger and in the verses, the duo gets really funky. Overall, the song is driven by some deep psychedelia which really fits the cover artwork perfectly.