Much like the motley string of words on The Holy Gasp's colorful Bandcamp bio, "The Mating Song" is anything but subtle.
For starters, the press release blatantly states that the latest single from the Toronto five-piece is about "consensual, but complicated fucking," which frontman Benjamin Hackman unabashedly explores through his lyrics ("If I hurt you
I never meant it / I’ll put what ails you in a jar / And I’ll ferment it").
The band doesn't hold back on the musical front either. Brusque percussion stabs and screeching moans of bent guitar strings hammers the verse as Hackman sings with a feral shriek that'll immediately bring Tom Waits or Man Man's Honus Honus to mind. It's all oddly enticing, but where the track really hits its stride is in the chorus. The harsh and primitive pummels transform into a boisterous bluesy jazz swing with a saxophone triumphantly howling away like it's the last day of Mardi Gras.
Considering the rampant celebratory tone, "The Mating Song" certainly sounds like one hell of a party.