Viagra Boys – Street Worms

If Idles‘ flawless sophomore record, Joy as an Act of Resistance, was never birthed, we all would have been “We’re-not-worthy”-ing at the feet of Viagra Boys at the end of 2018 instead.

Similar to Idles, the Stockholm-based sextet bring a punchy yet pulverizing post-punk passion on their odes to outcasts and shit-luck scenarios. Lead singer Sebastian Murphy wriggles around sleazy saxophone stabs and subtle synths while the spirit of Mark E. Smith coughs and croons out of his curled lips.

This manic mess can be heard on their debut album, Street Worms, released in September of 2018 via Year0001; a surprisingly succinct unveiling that deep fries all their onion-layers and serves it hot and greasy on your lap. Sebastian and company confront and lampoon toxic masculinity, the rich Right, dog breeders, and the absurd over driving post-punk bass lines, dirty drums, and prowling guitars. Devo-synths and late 70’s post-punk sax swirls duck and weave throughout, adding odd yet vital mounds to the already chaotic dirt pile.

Above is the video for “Just Like You” which shows Murphy strutting shirtless through a forest, bar, shrimp factory, and grocery store while barking baritone about failure and disappointment. Below is the video for “Sports,” a tongue-in-cheek comedic jab at jocks and manliness that reminds me of an old Bo Burnham short.

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