7" CLUB FEBRUARY 2021: DEAD ENDING "AMERICAN VIRUS"
Welcome back Tentacles! By this time you should have received your February 7", and it's another new one!
As you all know, our 7â€³ Club will send out one 7â€³ a month, either a brand new release or a classic from our discography. You can join anytime and you will get 12 surprise 7â€³ records. Itâ€™s a perfect way to discover new music, get mail, and build up your AT collection! This month we showcase DEAD ENDING "AMERICAN VIRUS"
â€œJeff said, â€˜Letâ€™s do a new recordâ€”weâ€™ll call it American Virusâ€™ â€“ Sounded good to me. He wanted to do a Clash cover tooâ€“which I didnâ€™t like.Â Â I was wrong.â€Vic Bondi - Dead Ending
Stemming from conversations between vocalistÂ Vic BondiÂ (Articles of Faith) and guitaristÂ Jeff DeanÂ (Airstream Futures, All Eyes West, The Bomb) about the obvious politicization of the pandemic,Â Dead Endingâ€™s latest release on Alternative Tentacles Records,Â â€œAmerican Virusâ€Â presents two screaming new tracks; the title trackÂ â€œAmerican Virusâ€Â andÂ â€œWalter Benjamin At The Borderâ€Â with a digital bonus cover trackÂ â€œComplete Controlâ€Â byÂ The Clash.Â
â€œI 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.â€
Using their access to different recording devicesÂ BondiÂ andÂ DeanÂ each wrote a track, and along with the cover and sent them to drummerÂ Derek GrantÂ (Alkaline Trio), who laid down drums and the songs started to take shape. BassistÂ Nathan VoorheesÂ (Ensign, Vision) was unable to record on this 7â€, but founding bassistÂ Joe PrincipeÂ (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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