Exclusive Premiere: Iwrestledabearonce Debut “Deodorant Can’t Fix Ugly”
Synth-heavy metalcore group Iwrestledabearonce are releasing their highly anticipated second album, Ruining It for Everybody (Century Media), on July 26. Below, check out the world premiere of the song “Deodorant Can’t Fix Ugly” off the record. Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Steven Bradley fills us in on the song below. Let us know what you think of it in the comments!
REVOLVER What’s “Deodorant Can’t Fix Ugly” about?
STEVEN BRADLEY The lyrics are all about organized religion and questioning things as opposed to following them blindly. Musically, it’s all about covering a shit-ton of genres and then finished up with amazing gospel choir guest vocals!
Which part of it did you come up with first?
Truth be told, one of the riffs from that song is something I wrote at John [Ganey, guitar]’s house literally a decade ago! Maybe even longer, because I’m 26 and I’m pretty sure I wrote that hanging out there before I could even drive! It’s the riff underneath the vocals, “Why should we believe in something we can’t see.” I totally forgot about it and somehow remembered it one night, and we decided to throw it in there because somehow it was never used before. The rest of the song came together while we were finishing up writing for the new album, and it just has a few ideas that we’ve never used before in songs and wanted to make sure got put on this record.
Was this an easy song to write?
Definitely an easy one… It poured out of us really, really quickly one night. I have no clue why, but sometimes we get lucky and it works like that!
What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far?
Well as of right now, only our friends and management/label have heard the song… and obviously they’re all liars and have told us they love it. Honestly though, the choir part at the end is one of my favorite parts on the new album and is something way different, even for us, and I really hope people think it’s as great as we do.
What’s the worst smell that’s ever passed your nose?
The simple fact that you have to ask means that you have never stepped foot in our van. I’m pretty sure someone ripped up the upholstery, put down a layer of dog shit, and reupholstered it. Pretty impressive, really!
Iwrestledabearonce Tour Dates
Date City Venue
The All Stars Tour:
7/22 McAllen, TX Las Palmas Racepark
7/23 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
7/24 Dallas, TX The Palladium
7/26 Louisville, KY Expo Five
7/27 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
7/28 Chicago, IL Congress Theatre
7/29 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Theatre
7/30 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
7/31 St. Paul, MN Station 4 Outdoors (Lowertown Music Festival)
8/2 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
8/3 Montreal, QC Olympia
8/4 Reading, PA Eagle Theatre at The Sov Center
8/5 Poughkeepsie, NY Civic Center
8/6 Fitchburg, MA Marriott Trade Center
8/7 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
8/9 Baltimore, MD Sonar
8/10 Richmond, VA The National
8/11 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
8/12 Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
8/13 Orlando, FL Plaza Live
8/14 Pensacola, FL Seville Quarter Party Plaza
8/17 Tucson, AZ The Rialto Theatre
8/18 Scottsdale, AZ Venue of Scottsdale
8/19 San Diego, CA Soma
8/20 Anaheim, CA The Grove
8/21 Las Vegas, NV Rock The Block
8/23 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
8/26 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
8/27 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
9/16 Anchorage, AK Club Millennium
9/17 Anchorage, AK Chilkoot Charlie’s