The darkwave/post-punk band Push Button Press from Tampa, Florida, have just released their third album "Black Swan" on Cold Transmission. On previous releases, the band provided a catchy, moody blend of '80s synth-goth, in the lines of She Wants Revenge. By listening to them, you are transported back in time to the likes of The Cure, Cocteau Twins and Echo & the Bunnymen. Stylistically the band draws from the early days of guitar driven post-punk from bands like Joy Division, Bauhaus, Christian Death, and The Buzzcocks. They accomplish this while creating engrossing and polished songs that you will listen to more than once.

 On their new album, the band has a more 90’s gothic rock style but still maintain their 80’s feel. All this but still sounding fresh and up to date. Something that is evident from the first track "The End of Time". Catchy guitar driven tunes, with upfront vocals and great glossy production. The upbeat tempo doesn’t stop and continues with "Trace", another dynamic track that brought me back memories of early Gene Love Jezebel. Next is the moody "Vril" with its thumping drums and atmospheric synths. The song structures are brilliantly formed, making the tracks sound very interesting and if anything, they don’t ever let you get bored. The warm vocals are nicely placed and crystal clear. Like on the track "Dim" that follows with its singalong chorus, that to me, could have been something from the Killing Joke in their mid 80’s. The tempo slows down on the darker "Broken Faces" but steps up again on the title track "Black Swan". They deliver another moody track with "Spectacle", where the synths and bass weave together with the sporadic guitar riffs. The thumping drums are back on the guitar driven "Scars (Within Walls)" and without taking a breath the band ends the album by launching immediately into "Cold as the Ground that Lie Above Me", ending with one of their more dynamic songs.

 If you are a fan of post-punk, there will be a song on "Black Swan" that you will love. Every track here can stand out on its own and is a candidate for a single. This is also the band’s first physical release, that comes as a compact disc in 6-panel digipack including a 12-page booklet.


Review by Nick Drivas