The Wyatt Act seem to sit in the common ground of a Venn Diagram where music, performance art and poetry all connect. Yes, Everything’s Fine is a quirky pop song, but it is more than that too. A statement, a post-ironic rant at the world around us, a spoken word art-attack put to minimal music…a whole new genre? It’s a genre, or at least a movement that the band themselves have laid down in the Slamrock Manifesto, a loose statement of intend for their unique approach. SlamRock is a philosophy, a lifestyle, an attitude, a swagger. SlamRock is a reaction to a society of detached, automatic, alienated, civilized play-acts. SlamRock values process over product and interaction over isolation and expresses itself in the form of street-corner style poetry meets transgressive rock. In short, spontaneity, variety and putting on the damned show. This is a band and a mission happy to do its growing up in public, how refreshing!
Pop music seems to have got serious of late, too serious. Everyone’s concerned with their image and ego, followers and (anti-)social media likes; remember when pop and rock music, and the people who made it, had time and inclination to be self deprecating? When the likes of Beefheart and Zappa deconstructed the whole idea of the pop performance and used it to undertake strange, cryptic autopsies on the state of the world? When Gong or The Cardiacs invented parallel worlds to inhabit and use to point out absurdities? Even The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah occasionally made valid, if slightly surreal, observations about everyday life. So many questions!
The Wyatt Act – weird, perhaps – original, pretty much -torch bearers of a fascinating thread of alternative music as art, most definitely!