System Corporation – Dismal Universal Hiss 28 April 2017

System Corporation – Dismal Universal Hiss 28 April 2017

System Corporation began in  2011, based on a conversation between Phil Somervell (The Datsuns) and their long standing engineer Scott Newth about swapping demos. The two were sharing a flat in Stockholm while The Datsuns were working on their fifth album ‘Death Rattle Boogie’.

Scott began work on producing the demos, cutting them up, rearranging them, and adding vocals. They became a trio when they enlisted fellow Datsuns’ bandmate Ben Cole (also from The Joint Chiefs) on drums, and then evolved into a five-piece when Scott started working on his own demos for the project, finally enlisting his brothers and bandmates Andrew and Kent Newth (Rumpus Room) to help flesh them out. However, the original trio ended up collaborating on a number of new songs, giving System Corporation two distinct songwriting avenues.

Although understiid to be a New Zeland group with most of the band’s production work happens in Hamilton, they hail from Thames (Phil), Hamilton (Andrew, Scott and Kent) and Wellington (Ben).

The band’s debut single ‘Dismal Universal Hiss’ could easily have been written about the rise of Trump or Brexit. But it wasn’t – it was written at the time of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the rise of the so-called 99%, mass protests, and rallying against a broken system that creates ill-gotten wealth and sucks it into a vacuum unattainable by the mere masses.  So it comes from one of our own.

The sound of the new release ghas some punch, percussion higher in the mix with Pixie-sized guitars, add to a strong vocal, is actually about something, outside of relationship or state of mind, hearing ‘Dismal Universal Hiss’ these days in this climate, it feels of immediate focus, just like the thought of that first kiss, I know personally that feeling, it seems life is not worth living if it’s just warm and fun, without added  awareness and action when needed by all us 99″%. This was the world System Corporation were born into too, even perversely richer for that friction. All of which does not get in the way of ‘Dismal Universal Hiss’  being a muscular enjoyable single of appeal.

System Corporation leave you wanting more, always a positive sign. 7.8/10

Steve Janes

Bandcamp https://systemcorporation.bandcamp.com/track/dismal-universal-hiss

Amazon http://amzn.to/2oD1ulf

CREDITS

Performed by System Corporation

Phil Somervell: Bass, Guitar, Keys

Scott Newth: Vocals

Andrew Newth: Guitar

Kent Newth: Guitar

Ben Cole: Drums

Written and recorded by Scott Newth and Phil Somervell

Produced by Scott Newth

 

LYRICS

All the little people

holding up their little signs

in their little countries

All the little ideas

floating in the ether

but no one sees the bigger picture

All the little urchins

digging in the piles we make

of things we took for granted

You can look up high to the ivory towers

but what a waste of time

no ones coming down

To see you

To help you

To wait on you

To feed you

To bring you up

To teach you

To tell you what to do

All the little people

holding up their little hands

for a grasp at power

Making promises

they will never keep

while they pursue their own agenda

Making money go round

while they take their cut

sell back to you what you already own

You can look up high to the ivory towers

but what a waste of time

no ones coming down

If you put your ear to the ground

you can hear all the

sorry little people

The dismal universal hiss

of the discontented

talking in a whisper

All these little voices

making little noises

its simmers now but will come to the boil

You can look up high to the ivory towers

but what a waste of time

no ones coming down

To see you

To help you

To wait on you

To feed you

To bring you up

To teach you

To tell you what to do

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