With no gigs to perform, Doozer McDooze continues to knock out energetic rabble-rousing punk rock tunes at a remarkable rate, drawing in the realities of everyday life as his inspiration. Where ‘Panic Attack’, released last October, captured the intense mood of life in lockdown under the relentless barrage of media doom, ‘Skint’ is a fair summary of the position many gigging musicians – and others, in industries such as hospitality and retail – find themselves in. It also espouses Doozer’s ‘work is rubbish’ ethos.
But more than this, it’s a simple but effective dismantling of the capitalist system from a philosophical perspective: ‘if you work more you earn more, and that’s what you work for / if you earn more, you spend more, so what’s the point in working for it?’
And when you look at it like that, it’s hard to really defend the treadmill and the societal emphasis on having a ‘career’. Packed into a snappy two-and-a-half minutes with just a couple of verses and a couple of choruses, it certainly doesn’t outstay its welcome, but it’s time enough to lodge itself as a natty little earworm.