Welcome back Tentacles! By this time you should have received your February 7″, and it’s another new one!
As you all know, our 7″ Club will send out one 7″ a month, either a brand new release or a classic from our discography. You can join anytime and you will get 12 surprise 7″ records. It’s a perfect way to discover new music, get mail, and build up your AT collection! This month we showcase DEAD ENDING “AMERICAN VIRUS”
“Jeff said, ‘Let’s do a new record—we’ll call it American Virus’ – Sounded good to me. He wanted to do a Clash cover too–which I didn’t like. I was wrong.”Vic Bondi – Dead Ending
Stemming from conversations between vocalist Vic Bondi (Articles of Faith) and guitarist Jeff Dean (Airstream Futures, All Eyes West, The Bomb) about the obvious politicization of the pandemic, Dead Ending’s latest release on Alternative Tentacles Records, “American Virus” presents two screaming new tracks; the title track “American Virus” and “Walter Benjamin At The Border” with a digital bonus cover track “Complete Control” by The Clash.
“I was watching the press conference when Trump called COVID-19 the Chinese virus, and watching him double down on it, when journalists were calling him out like some giant spoiled toddler, made me want to throw my TV out the fucking window!Jeff Dean – Dead Ending
I started trying to figure out logistically if we could even record, since everyone lives in different states.”
Using their access to different recording devices Bondi and Dean each wrote a track, and along with the cover and sent them to drummer Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio), who laid down drums and the songs started to take shape. Bassist Nathan Voorhees (Ensign, Vision) was unable to record on this 7”, but founding bassist Joe Principe (Rise Against) was down to come back to play on the songs. In no time, once more the unrelenting, uncompromising, political hardcore sound that Dead Ending has long been known for was exploding out from the studio speakers and ready to be unleashed upon the masses paired with the unforgettable cover artwork of Dominic Davi (of Tsunami Bomb).
We opted to release 7″ early on digital platforms, so it could get out to people before the presidential election (similar to what we did with Jello Biafra‘s latest “Tea Party Revenge Porn”) so it had a longer than usual pre-order. It’s finally here and if you don’t have it your hands yet, you should. The election may have passed, but the mindset that has plagued the United States has not left with Trump leaving office. These songs remain as vital as ever and this is a must have for any hardcore collector.
This is the last new release on the 7″ Club that we hinted at before we started. From now on… no more hints until they drop. Join now to get the new releases before anyone else, and rediscover some classics from the bATcave!
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