Recommended for fans of Thrice, Blessthefall and the Word Alive, Boston-based post-hardcore group Actor Observer haven't dropped any new music since 2018, when the five-piece made waves with their debut full-length, Pareidolia, released by No Sleep Records. Today (May 7th) that drought ends. The band have teamed up with Revolver to premiere a brand-new standalone single, the heartfelt, melodic and totally furious "Cargo Cult." According to the group, the song is inspired by human's ritualistic behavior that often leads to failure. Stream it and read their joint commentary below.
"In the South Pacific, there are civilizations uncontacted by the developed world who, after seeing airplanes for the first time delivering goods during World War II, began carrying out superstitious rituals to summon the planes back, often with makeshift control booths and runways lined with fires to imitate the conditions they had witnessed when the planes first landed," Actor Observer explain. "Even when all the aircraft were long gone, this 'cargo cult' — as they are known — continued their rituals in hopes that the planes would someday return.
"This behavior is starkly similar to the way we chase our dreams. We might try to follow in the footsteps of our heroes, repeating the same rituals that led to their success, but end up confused or frustrated when we don't get what we want after toiling away to no avail. The reality sets in that all is not granted to those who try, despite their best efforts. Yet, we can't fathom giving up when we've committed so much of our lives to a set course of action, so we continue looking to the sky with outstretched arms, waiting to reap a harvest that may never come."