It’s fate, bad luck or whatever but for some reason I’m never managing to see Male Bonding in action. In 2010 my anxieties were to blame (they supported Crystal Castles and I stood them up at an interview – soz guys). Since their 2011 album release ‘Endless Now’, the trio has been flying under the radar, save a couple of demos they put on youtube and single ‘The Itch’ last summer. That’s partly because Kevin Hendrick and Robin Christian embarked on a side project called Primitive Parts with Sauna Youth’s Lindsay Corstorphine, which released two 7″s this year.
Anyways, the trio have just put two new tracks online, a demo of ‘A Kick To The Face’ has been floating around for over a year and it sounds a bit like Teenage Fanclub but is obviously a truly Male Monding track. Track #2 is pondering about the prospect of romance and rejection: “I can see you looking at me/what if you like what you see/troubled times are clawing at me/nothing hurts ultimately…” A nervous wreck imbued with the prospect of hope, we see Male Bonding weigh up the pros and cons of striking up the courage to talk to a prospective lover and will definitely soundtrack the beginning of the new year.
By Frock & Roll