Exclusive: Today is the Day Debut New Song “The Devil’s Blood”
Noise-rock stalwarts Today is the Day are releasing their ninth album, Pain is a Warning (Blackmarket), which was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, on August 16. The band formerly included future members of Mastodon in its ranks; today it features members of New York metallers Wetnurse. In anticipation of the record, Today is the Day are unleashing a new song, “The Devil’s Blood,” exclusive right here. Listen to it below, read what frontman Steve Austin has to say about the song, and let us know what you think in the comments.
REVOLVER What’s “The Devil’s Blood” about?
STEVE AUSTIN It’s an understanding about how hard it is to be a parent, when you are totally broke. Shit is so expensive, and when you have two young sons who are 7 and 10, keeping with the costs of technology is fuckin’ hard. Our society is so driven by marketing for products that are ridiculously priced and, when you can’t even afford heating oil or food, an iPhone or iPod is the equivalent of buying a new car.
Which part of it did you come up with first?
The first section of the song was written first, and it reminded me of the Dead Kennedys. The lyrics for the second section—the “iPhone, iPod, iPad, PS3” part—were the first lyrics written.
Was this an easy song to write or record?
No, it wasn’t easy. It’s a complicated song and getting both the music and vocals delivered right was a pain in the ass. I am pleased with the end result.
What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far?
A lot of people relate to it because a lot of people are fucking broke and sick of consumerism.
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