National Service – ‘Caving’

Post-punk band National Service are in tremendous form with their new, relatable offering ‘Caving’ 

The post-punk London four-piece, National Service are back with a powerful and progressive single ‘Caving’. Signed to Fierce Panda Records; known for being attached to the likes of Art Brut, The Maccabees, Boy Kill Boy, and brit-pop legends Oasis. Sharing the stage with the likes of the Scottish Man of Moon at the beginning of the year before the little-known pandemic became detrimental to bands and fans’ live performance experiences, it is evident how the pair draw comparisons with each other with the roaring and rampant guitars throughout songs.

By releasing their debut single ‘A Little More Time’, the quartet continue progressing, their new offering ‘Caving’ was written at a time when lead singer, Fintan Campbell, was getting crushed under the weight of his own expectations. The urgent confession vocals compliment the atmospheric and frantic guitar work further and further as the song develops. Fintan sings: “maybe I should cut myself some slack”. This is something that can be relatable to all of us. The pressures we put on ourselves to achieve our goals, ambitions, and to be successful. The feeling of never being content or never being finished, and to have one final push at work, in education, or at home. Making ourselves chasing the future rather than living in the moment.


Andy Lawrence

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