SINGLE REVIEW: Home Counties return with follow up wonk-pop anthem ‘Dad Bod’. 


After finding success through debut single ‘Redevelopment’, Home Counties sign to Alcopop! Records and release a wonky, unpredictable dance-doozy addressing the needs of the modern, metropolitan man. 

“Predicting what is to come is impossible – you’re completely locked in to the will of the song”

Dad Bod incorporates elements of post punk such as chromatic guitar lines, piercing cowbells and the Squid-like, pitchless vocal jolts. Predicting what is to come is impossible – you’re completely locked in to the will of the song. An iconic, frantic recorder flitters through the instrumental breaks like a confused bumble bee. 

Exploring the ‘progressive’ metropolitan man and middle-class infected masculinity, Home Counties start by light-heartedly listing the aesthetic traits and status symbols of these gentlemen: “Cream interior” and “cast iron pan”. It makes you think of a BBQ bloke, spatula in hand, who loves talking about his new car in excruciating detail. 

As the song progresses, Home Counties start addressing a darker side of these men which is hidden behind the comfortability and respectfulness of a ‘Dad Bod’. On the surface, a comedic jab at dads and their odd-mannerisms: but darker images, subtly, put you on edge.

A jolting, energetic release from the Bristol-based quintet which makes us miss live gigs so badly, and we cannot wait to catch this one in a small, sweaty venue!

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7/10

Words by Jack Pritchard @jackpritchard_