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Released: 07.07.23

 

 

 

 

 

It’s taken seven years for Treeboy & Arc to put together their debut album, Natural Habitat. The Leeds-based, post-punk five-piece planned on releasing their first album two years ago, but then Covid came and messed everything up.

The band were known for their gritty live-show freneticism and despite their two year absence, Natural Habitat doesn’t deviate. As you’d expect, the music is cynical, anxious, young, sardonic. It’s reminiscent of Yard Act, the Lounge Society (which is unsurprising given its Northern roots and the bands’ valorisation of bands like Gang of Four). In typical post-punk fashion too, the songs lament crappy jobs (Retirement) or illness (Behind the Curtain). The music is catchy and on-brand…and maybe that’s my problem with it. Natural Habitat is cookie-cutter post-punk but it feels – ever so slightly – out of date. 

 

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