"The album's title and several track names, including the new single, refer to two fictional characters: Drum and Mount Heart Attack," states the press release for the second single from Liars' third album, Drum's Not Dead.
"They are like Yin and Yang, each a state of being. Drum is assertive and productive, the spirit of creative confidence while Mount Heart Attack is a reaction to Drum's action, the embodiment of stress and self-doubt."
With the band now based in Berlin and invoking Yin and Yang at us, the casual listener would be forgiven for expecting something on an epic scale from The Other Side Of Mt. Heart Attack. Music with meaning.
But on its own, without the album, The Other Side Of Mt Heart Attack is a two chord trick (those very complicated C and F chords) with repeated, slurred sub-vocals. The B sides are of more interest, though decidedly of a more experimental ilk too.
For a Liars track this is strangely simple stuff that goes absolutely nowhere. A philosophical take on the album might be fine, and one single hardly gives a complete impression, but as singles go this is brooding teenagers in a bedroom stuff.