“Public Transit” from Bay Area noisemakers Creative Adult is an aural trip through the most vital elements of ’80s post-punk. It has scheduled stops in the dungeon-dance of Joy Division (thanks to vocalist Scott Phillip’s Warsaw-era Ian Curtis belting it out) and pop-tinged shoegaze (by way of an extended My Bloody Valentine-like noise jam of an outro). And then there’s an extended intro, piling riffs on riffs on riffs, and defining Creative Adult’s often askew approach to songwriting and sound-sculpting. The point here is the group’s sonic journey, which finds room for crazed catchy shouting, experimental structure, an ineffable sense of menace, and a whole lot more in just four minutes. (That menace is no doubt due to Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Efrim Menuck on production for the track.)
“Public Transit” comes from Creative Adult’s full-length Psychic Mess, which is out February 25 on Run for Cover records.