‘’Antidote’’ is the second single from Canadian Post-punk band Preoccupations’ next record (aptly titled New Material). While still riffing on their usual gloomy and dark style, the single sees the band’s sound immersing itself in new wave. The song starts off with a drum loop (resembling the one on ‘’Pointless experience’’) that is quickly joined by a repeating two notes bass riff, courtesy of bassist/singer Matt Flegel. The drums’ tone felt very reminiscent of ‘’Packt like sardines in a crushed tin box’’ in that they feel very metallic and electronic (especially in the mini breakdown between the two main verses). The vocals here are typical of Flegel’s usual brand of nasal/gnarly delivery. However, he seems to explore a more melodious style rather than his usual monotone tone. The guitars here are very faint, the synths really expanding in their place.
Overall, I must express some disappointment towards the track. While the first single ‘’Espionnage’’ felt like a good sign of things to come, this one feels rather incomplete. In fact, I would go as far as saying its repetitive, pointless and lacks focus. The second half of the single feels like it came straight out of gloomy darkwave rave. It really resembles the first half of songs like ‘’Death’’ and ‘’Memory’’, in that it seems a bit repetitive and flat. However, contrary to those two songs, it doesn’t explode into a monumental crescendo in it’s second half but merely stops, leaving the listener wanting more, wanting some kind of closure. On it’s own, this song is lacking and feels unfinished.