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“Kill the alarm/I’m stealing a car/From my arsehole neighbour’s front yard/Gonna drive it/Through the door of the casino…” – Clowns vocalist Stevie Williams chants over punchy drums and a catchy, creeping bassline.
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The first taste of Clowns since the release of their fourth studio album (2019’s Nature/Nurture), Does It Matter? “is a song about breaking the law.”
“We all do it sometimes–and if you say you don’t then chances are you are a liar or a coward,” the Melbourne punk-rockers declare in their presser.
To conclude each chorus, Williams speak-sings a descending melody, “NO!/IT DOESN’T REally ma-tter,” before encouraging unity, “Let’s just do it together!”
Clowns’s latest high-energy single boasts instant-singalong choruses, a bonus thrashing instrumental breakdown and bassist/vocalist Hanny Tilbrook delivering a breezy vocal hook: “Even though time is in-fi-nite/I’m not thinking of the next minute.”
A more polished, almost pop-leaning sound for Clowns.
Then Does It Matter? closes out with showy guitar work that evokes the late, great Eddie Van Halen. These blistering riffs underscore repeated affirmations–“Does it matter?/It doesn’t ma-tter, NO!”–which just beg to be belted out en masse in a live setting.
To create Does It Matter?, this Melbourne punk-rock outfit worked with an outside songwriter, American songwriter/producer Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, Ariana Grande), for the first time. A more polished, almost pop-leaning sound for Clowns.
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