Church Party – “Back In The Room”


Manchester-based quartet Church Party show stellar versatility on “Back In The Room,” a new single whose rock, post-punk, and funk convergence results in a hook-filled sound with attitude. With its verses described as a “nightmare” and chorus deemed a “dream,” the track is noted as an audible summation of frontman Tommy Stewart’s bouts with “withdrawals, sleep apnoea and paralysis.”

The murky, conversational vocal tone in the verses finds apt accompaniment in the fragmented, dark guitar tones. These escalate gradually, into the brighter and replay-inducing “now that you know that I’m sinking, I’m trying to float but I’m falling in with you,” sequence. The chipper guitar work culminates in the ardent “and now we’re back in the room!” declaration, with infectious endurance. “Back In The Room” stirs with its dynamic yet cohesive tonal switch-ups, which maintain a melodic consistency.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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