Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Districts get into 'manipulative sex and dependency' on new single 'Violet'

Words: Sam Geary

There's a new single in the offing from Philadelphia four-piece The Districts.

'Violet' is taken from their imminent full-length 'Popular Manipulations' which is released on August 11 via Fat Possum.

Following 'Ordinary Day' and 'If Before I Wake', lyrically says the band's Rob Grote, ‘Violet’ deals with "ideas of possessiveness, intimacy, sex, dependency, and how they're used manipulatively. Kind of a look at how these things can be beautiful but are also used as devices, usually unconsciously which is the somewhat terrifying part. There is a pervasive thing throughout a lot of classic and modern popular music where ideas of ‘needing’ and referring to a romantic partner with a tone of ownership are normal and poignant lyrical topics. This song was using those same ideas but observing the strangeness in them, rather than celebrating them. Structurally the song reflects that strangeness by restraining and exploding somewhat irregularly.”

Get stuck in below. The Districts are also over here in Blighty shortly, so if you're liking their style...

UK live dates

25 Reading Festival
26 Leeds Festival
27 Hull Fruit
29 Newcastle Cluny
30 Edinburgh Caves
31 Glasgow King Tuts
03 Cambridge Portland Arms
05 Nottingham Bodega
06 Manchester Gorilla
07 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
11 Brighton Haunt
12 London The Garage

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