Toronto post-punk four-piece Frigs their debut full-length album, Basic Behaviour is going to drop on 23rd February via Arts & Crafts. Ahead of that, the band have shared a track, Talking Pictures. Talking about the track, “‘Talking Pictures’ was a turning point in the development of Basic Behaviour. There was a starkness to it that really resonated with us at the time, becoming a catalyst for a new style of songwriting that would eventually finish the record,” recalls vocalist Bria Salmena. “Lyrically, it is about the need to be stimulated. It was written during a period where I felt a lack of both external and internal encouragement, preventing me from thinking freely or creatively. Falling into a void of routine, I was distracting myself from real life experiences, and those experiences, once examined, seemed only filtered through interactions with technology and social media. In writing this song, I attempted to explore this void and my distracted state in hopes of losing any numbness I felt in my day-to-day life.”
The track has this delicious sourness about it, with these off-kilter guitar lines and Salmena’s vocal getting more and more urgent and coarse as the track unravels. Underneath it all there’s this sort of motorik accompaniment which just heightens the tension.