Four years after Scape From Evil, American band Lower Dens (lead by singer and songwriter Jana Hunter’s) announced the release of a new album. The Competion is out on September 6th via Ribbon Music/Domino. We already shared “Young Republicans” and “I Drive”; “Galapagos” is a new excerpt.
Hunter says, “The issues that have shaped my life, for better or for worse, have to do with coming from a family and a culture that totally bought into this competitive mindset. I was wild and in a lot of pain as a kid; home life was very bleak, and pop songs were a guaranteed escape to a mental space where beauty, wonder, and love were possible. I wanted to write songs that might have the potential to do that.”
“The new album speaks, in various ways, to the necessity of what Hunter describes as “socially de-conditioning ourselves and learning how to be people.” Ranging in scope from the very personal to the political, each song is linked by a theme that expresses the connection of one to the other. The lyrics are steeped in humor and visceral, sometimes grotesque imagery: “I stood there stupefied by your pretty face/And spitting blood onto your shirt and your pretty face/I said I might love you,” Hunter sings in “Buster Keaton.” In “Empire Sundown” — about overthrowing the plutocrats — they sing, “Look them in the eyes when they push you/Off the raft and make them watch you drown.”