Post-punk has always had to a walk a fine line, between accessibility and originality, all in the name of purpose. The style is not one given to easy listening, but leaning too far from that makes it unlistenable – while the other way saps it of the actual style. But behind it there is always a purpose to the music, a fury to get out, like on Mind Spiders’ Furies.
Like post-punk OGs Wire or more recent successes Protomartyr, on Furies Mind Spiders have a fever beneath them that needs to get out. Songs like driving opener “Outside”, bigger push “Deserve”, or the darker title track all have the angular thrust of post-punk, but manage to thread the needle of accessibility, neither too much like noise-rock or new wave. “Ice Bear” stands out for its synth-stark nature, as well as unusual subject.
Post-punk is never going to be a hit sound, thanks to the inherent dichotomy within it (even the name references a more popular style of music), but it has been enjoying a resurgence & renaissance in recent years, more able to find its fans than at any point since it original early eighties heyday. Mind Spiders are a part of that on Furies.