Have you ever wondered why you can change news channels but the news never seems to change? The handful of giant corporations behind most of our news sources – all of the major channels – choose what to feature and what to obscure, and the result is that some crises are plastered all over our world and others are hidden. And those giant corporations know who butters their bread – other giant corporations. Big Pharma is more than a trillion-dollar market, and nine out of 10 the largest companies spend more on marketing than on research (source). So most of our eyes, ears, and minds are meant to be on COVID-19 (funnelling money into Big Pharma’s pockets for research) and not on the opioid crisis that’s killing thousands of people in North America each month (and funnelling money into Big Pharma’s pockets for the opiates). It’s either the money (probably the money), or it’s that drug addicts are even more insignificant to the elites and policy makers than regular joe poor people. According to a 2017 paper by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, “annually, [overdose] kills more than car accidents and takes more lives than US soldiers were lost in the deadliest year of the Vietnam War (16,899 in 1968) or at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States (43,115 in 1995).” In BC, our government hands out naloxone kits like they’re candy. It seems like this should be headline news every day, on every news outlet, until we’re able to find effective solutions and stem the bloody tide of death – but it’s not.
All of that is to preface that Fuck The Facts took inspiration from the opioid crisis for their track “Dropping Like Flies.” Their unrelenting, murderous groove is the perfect vehicle for the vitriol they feel toward people who could care less about this genocide-level loss of life. There’s an urgency to this song that reflects our own worst selves back at us and asks us if we’re going to continue to ignore our neighbor’s suffering because some rich fuck decided we shouldn’t have to care about it. “Dropping Like Flies” is a fucking rager and it’s got my head banging and blood pumping! It’s off their upcoming album Pleine Noirceur out Nov 20th via Noise Salvation – pre-order it here. Right now enjoy our exclusive premiere, and support underground creators, community outreach organizations, and one another!
I like to think of our songs as belonging on different compilations from back in the day, and this one I imagine being on “Death… Is Just The Beginning vol III”. A nice smorgasbord of old school death metal, d-beat, and groovy weirdness. Lyrically the song talks about the opioid crisis and how so many people have had their lives destroyed while those that are supposed to be looking out for them have turned a blind eye.