Yesterday I stewed in my excitement (ew, sorry) regarding the upcoming Desaparecidos reunion at the Showbox at the Market and I wondered if the band was going to be playing any new material or if they'd stick to the great material from their one record, Read Music/Speak Spanish, and The Happiest Place on Earth EP.
Today I got my answer! This morning the band released two new songs, which will be available for sale tomorrow via their website.
The first song, "MariKKKopa," is a poppy and frustrated punk rock rally cry, calling out racist Sherriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County in Arizona. HuffingtonPost.com asked singer Conor Oberst about the song:
At what point did you feel as though going after Sheriff Joe by name was important? Is there a danger you're just giving him more attention?
Joe Arpaio needs no help from me getting attention. For years he has been a beacon of bigotry and intolerance for all the world to see. The list of human and civil-rights abuses he's committed in Maricopa County is long and well documented. His many "crime suppression sweeps" are some of the most egregious affronts to American values and human dignity perpetrated in this century. What he does need is to be called out at every opportunity as the criminal that he is. There are many ways of doing that. The federal government's current law suit against him being one of them. I used the best means at my disposal to do it: a punk rock song.
Read the full interview here.
The second song, "Backsell," is streaming via Alternative Press SUPPOSEDLY, but
I can't, for the life of me, navigate that fucking website. They say it's "below APTV," but IT IS NOT. Or I am too old to see it. I think the AltPress.com website only works for people with eyes that are 17-years-old or younger.
UPDATE: This grandma found the song, thanks to the helpful commenter tired and true. Yes! I might like "Backsell" even more than "MariKKKopa." Oberst is auto-tuned! (For a second.)
Regardless, new Desaparecidos music! And it is good! HOORAY!