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Hear the Cosmic Post-Punk Dream-Pop of Karate, Guns & Tanning “Graffiti Children”

Annette Williams Photography

Give me post-punk through the lens of dream-pop any day. I’m listening to Karate, Guns & Tanning‘s new single “Graffiti Children” and it’s taking my inner punk on a wild ride into the cosmos and that’s exactly where my mind wants to be right now! It’s just psychedelic enough to feel like an acid trip and not like a bad recreation of the Summer of Love. It’s just dreamy enough to woo my inner 80s child without sounding like the ballads I lived for in a past life. And it’s punk enough to make me laugh in the face of the authorities that want me to conform so that they feel more comfortable living in their facade. It’s the latest single off their album Concrete Beach that comes out on March 26th, and you can pre-order it here. Today I’m happy to share this ride with you and I hope “Graffiti Children” gives you some peace in your own mind for just under three minutes.

This one is a love song. An overwrought feeling of a new relationship, obsessive and intense, but you know there’s no way it will last. You take the ride anyway. The halftime lyrics refer to iambic pentameter – a reference to Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet. Obsessed lovers who didn’t end up together. It sounded a lot more punk and chaotic until we brought the guitar in – it added a layer of depth that we really loved.

Annette Williams

Lyrics:

Trash our minds this way

Tint the dark delay

When we meet halfway

Through the neon rain

Blanket the voice box in your vacant urgency 

Step back a few shapes

Take the torch from the breeze

Make the beat seedy 

Imprint the sound into your need

Fracture synthetic the arts in blue

Talk at us 

In iambic

AH AH AH AH (x4)

Blanket the voice box in your vacant urgency 

Step back a few shapes

Take the torch from the breeze

Make the beat seedy 

Imprint the sound into your need

Fracture synthetic the arts in blue (x2)

Talk at us 

In iambic

AH AH AH AH (x4)

Dash and tag the trains

Paint our name in rain

Blinded fortune game

Chroma colored days

Blanket the voice box in your vacant urgency 

Step back a few shapes

Take the torch from the breeze

Make the beat seedy 

Imprint the sound into your need

Fracture synthetic the arts in blue

Blanket the voice box in your vacant… 

Written By

Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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