Italia 90 Share New Track 'Borderline'
Another feather in the cap of south London’s flourishing post-punk scene, Italia 90 have released their latest virulent single, ‘Borderline’. Boasting sharply recurring guitar hooks to promote an uneasy, dystopic sound, this is a single that is nonetheless firmly rooted in the here and now, a powerful klaxon against the hypocrisies and cruelty of the current political landscape.
Brusque, confident guitars ring out, reverberating with a violent twang and forcing you to listen, before giving way to breezier, near surfer style chords. It is this mangled mix of biting venom and the more relaxed schoolboy mischief that lends the band their own distinctive angle on the ubiquitous sound of post-punk angst. The band prefer to utilise their songs to discuss more serious, politically charged themes in their trademark cutting, sardonic drawl; grabbing the anti-establishment origins of punk by the horns and digging their spurs in, the group have previously directed their anger at topics such as police brutality and the crimes of soldiers in Northern Ireland. In their own words, “Borderline takes aim at the failed third-way ideology that led to our present political moment. 'The thing you created is the thing you have hated’ takes to task the hegemonic establishment for its complicity in the very brutality it claims to speak against.”
Clearly, they are a force to be reckoned with. A hurricane of youthful disillusion, coupled with the anger that is necessary to incite change, the band have already begun to make their mark with a red hot poker. Crackling with energy and intent, they’re definitely ones to be caught live.