Public Body’s new single ‘Reset My Password’ is agitated indie-punk about the contrast of an apocalyptic world in which trivial company policies still dominate our daily lives. Recorded at Echo Zoo studios and produced by the band’s guitarist Theo Verney – known for his production work for FEET and English Teacher, ‘Reset My Password’ is full of rolling percussion, loud guitars and synths. The song successfully fuses the energy of naughties indie with the ferocity of modern post-punk to irresistible effect. Singer Seb Gilmore sings about his employment, whilst being distinctly aware of the trivial nature of ‘adhering to company policy’.
“At the height of Covid, everyone was clapping for NHS staff and key workers”, said Seb, “and that got me thinking what my place is in all this mess. I then logged onto my work computer and was advised by a popup that it was time to reset my password. So, I wrote a song about how pointless and useless my job is to the world when everything felt like it was breaking and seemed apocalyptic.”
Public Body have established themselves as a great new addition to the UK’s post-punk scene, supporting acts including Squid, Dry Cleaning and The Cool Greenhouse. The group formed in 2018, aiming to write ‘the perfect soundtrack to whatever you do whilst procrastinating at your day job’, picking apart the mundanity of daily life and all its annoyances.
‘Reset My Password’ is the perfect song to listen to on a rainy Monday at the office. Its cheerful and energetic guitar riffs will give you a much-needed boost and the lyrics perfectly describe the drab and tedious tasks that fill a working day. One almost wishes this song would play every time your system prompts you to reset your password.
Words: Clara Bullock // Photo: Chiara Gambuto
The full EP ‘Flavour Of Labour’ will be self-released on March 4th 2022, and will be available to purchase on 12″ vinyl via Six Tonnes De Chair Records. Purchase the track and pre-order the EP via Bandcamp.