Last month Providence Post-Punk concern, Public Policy played what was billed as both a party and funeral. The former to mark the release of their recent EP, Human Resource and the latter due to Drummer Dan Moriarty recently relocating to Washington D. C., the band will be inactive for the foreseeable future. Instead of lamenting their goodbye to Providence, I’ve chosen be thankful for their relative brief existence and the shows I got to see them play, not to mention their exceptional new EP.
Human Resource starts off with Trawlers, a frenetic and arresting track reminiscent of Jawbox at the most caustic with more immediate hooks and a commanding vocal performance from Dean Gardner. Throughout Human Resource, Public Policy carve out their own identity by distilling strong melodies beneath a cacophony of angular guitar lines, propulsive rhythms,and sharp witted lyricism. On Ice Age, the band delivers a raucous and pummeling anthem with nods to post-hardcore vets, Quicksand and Rodan on the albums most unsettling and infectious track. Human Resource spends a considerable time in my headphones these days and with each listen it seems reveal its allure and charms little by little which a neat trick and a testament to strength of the songs that occupy this EP.