"Everyone dies." Truer words were never spoken — at least not by us — but these particular words come from Negative Blast bassist Pat Callaway when summing up the lyrical content of the band's new song, "Egghead." The San Diego-based punk squad will drop their ripping full-length debut, Echo Planet, later this week, but the song and video are premiering today here at Revolver.
With an impressive pedigree that includes members of Hour of the Wolf and [CON*TACT] alongside Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba (OFF!, Hot Snakes, Rocket From the Crypt), Negative Blast harness the sharp edges of Black Flag and the noisy melodicism of Nineties AmRep assassins like the Jesus Lizard, Unsane and Tad into a three-minute blast that manages to be both crushing and memorable.
"'Egghead' lyrically explores feeling like a rat with a leather jacket on," Callaway explains. "Cruisin' down alleyways and sneering at all the local grandmas. In the video, the protagonist 'Ratboy' is feeling lost while on acid, and all these chicks want him dead. In the end Ratboy dies, but so do the chicks."
Negative Blast's Echo Planet is due out February 10th and available for pre-order now.