…nostalgic tears, PIZZA CRUNCH Wilting Youth
by Walter Price
Basking in the long post-punk shadows cast by the likes of The Replacements, Hüsker Dü and Paul Westerberg comes a fresh doom-laced single called “Wilting Youth” by Glasgow indie rockers Pizza Crunch.
In a Facebook post dated 6 July 2022, the band says of the Chris Marshall-produced post-pandemic single, “‘Wilting Youth’ was written in the July of last summer, I remember writing the words in a wee notebook in Alexandra Park. They stemmed from the feeling that certain enjoyable parts of life had vanished.”
Weighty realism in a world full of political strife, war, racial tensions, a heatwave boiling what’s left of people’s dignity, and, for many youths and young adults, the future seems shaky, at best. So a track that doesn’t offer much hope seems more than fitting and I’m certain that “Wilting Youth” will stand as a timestamp on an era that more than almost any, is in need of a sea change.
PIZZA CRUNCH Wilting Youth
Band photo via Bandcamp // Quote via Facebook // Bio excerpt courtesy of Shoplifters Union
Produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris Marshall
Ewan Hearns – Guitar and vocals
Nathan Stokoe – Guitar
Craig McDermott – Bass
Ewan Nicholson – Drums
“Hailing from different ends of Scotland, Pizza Crunch couple an ’80s post-punk strut with glimpses of noughties nonchalance. Infectious guitar riffs and a relentless rhythm section accentuate lyricism,
which moves between the obnoxiously wry and the potently gloomy.” – bio