‘Maybe I’m Paranoid’ is a hypnotic, woozy release from Coventry rock ‘n’ rollers, Wilde. The track opens with a tip-toeing, almost shy sounding melody interlaced with Shay Simpkins’ brazen vocal, before the track explodes into a whirlpool of scuzzy riffs.
Although the lyrics have somewhat of a nonsensical air to them “give me food / but I can’t chew”, there’s a very distinctive message to this track. As Simpkins sings “fuck you, I’m paranoid” the song seems to emanate feelings of confusion, isolation and loneliness – perhaps the result of the protagonist’s crippling paranoia, as he cries “where are you now?”
The style of music this three piece makes is not unfamiliar to listeners. Inspired by the bands of the 60s and 70s there is certainly homage being paid – the enunciation of certain words and phrases invites comparisons to the Beatles (“I’ve got nothing going on-n-n”), whilst the emphatic ‘yeahs’ in the instrumental breakdown that concludes the track invites a more modern comparison to The Orwells.
It’s a solid construction which makes us look forward to what else the band can come up with. Follow them on SoundCloud and give them a like on Facebook to make sure you’re the first to know what they do next.
Article by Beth Kirkbride