Wildcard (week 5):
Play Dead – Thameslink

How about speeding things up a little with a good old punk rock ditty? Let me introduce you to Play Dead. Not the Bjรธrk song, but the London garage punk trio, comprised of Joe Blair (vocals, guitar), Ollie Clarke (bass, backing vocals) and Elias Brewin (drums, percussion).

Thameslink is the bandโ€™s first single since the release of their EPโ€™s Skint (2021) and Mug Cake (2022). It has their trademark raw immediacy, attitude, wit and energy, inspired by bands like Amyl & The Sniffers and early Arctic Monkeys. Lyrically, the raucous three-minute anthem serves as a rebellious response to the frustrations of city life, especially in London.

Blair explains the song was written after he paid about ยฃ7 for a pint at his local pub. โ€œSo I guess itโ€™s a bit of a diss-track on London โ€“ being fed up with the trains, the price of beer, and the day-to-day habits of the miserable commuterโ€ฆ.โ€

Thameslink by Play Dead is the new Carte Blanche Music Wildcard. This implies that it will be prominently displayed at the top of the blog for an entire week.

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