With just one week left until the release of their latest album Metawar, Los Angeles industrial-metal outfit 3TEETH have dropped another scathing track, this time a frigid, biting cover of Foster the People's 2010 hit "Pumped Up Kicks." Along with the track comes a haunting video that focuses on a faceless person in uniform cleaning and preparing a small arsenal before a fully-armed police force raids a home and points enormous weapons at a small child.
The original — an oddly upbeat hit that dominated airwaves for months and is still a mainstay of pop radio — was intended as commentary on school shootings, an epidemic that has only increased in the years since its release. 3TEETH's slowed-down, eerie take on the single evokes the seemingly unending downward spiral of gun violence that has come since.
"Industrial bands have a long history of subverting popular culture songs," explains frontman Alexis Mincolla. "From songs like Revolting Cocks' version 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?' or Laibach's 'Sympathy for the Devil. We've just always been a fan of this sort of thing and felt it would be a good time to take an iconic song of the late 2000s and give it some unexpected 2019 industrial darkness."
See the video in full above, and pick up Metawar when it drops on July 5th on Century Media (pre-order here). The band is set to embark on a two-week European tour with industrial titans Ministry from June 30th to July 11th, then they'll head back across the Atlantic for a summer run featuring Gost and Author & Punisher. Find dates and tickets at this location.