v506 - 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 too--which I didnâ€™t like.Â Â I was wrong.â€ â€“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!â€Â DeanÂ says,Â â€œI 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.Â
â€œWeâ€™re all locked in an emotional shell game,â€Â DeanÂ adds,Â â€œItâ€™s overwhelming, we canâ€™t keep focus, distracted by flamboyant nonsense while the world is collapsing. Weâ€™re all infected, Trump is the American Virus, and the only cure is your fucking vote!â€
The â€œAmerican Virusâ€ 7â€ follows theÂ AlternativeÂ Tentacles Records release of the 2019 7â€ releaseÂ â€œ(Itâ€™s Not) What You Believe/Painkillerâ€Â and their last full length album,Â â€œShoot The Messengerâ€Â in 2017.