Casper Skulls – “Mink Coats” (Stereogum Premiere)

Canadian post-punk quartet Casper Skulls have only been together for less than a year, but they’ve got a chemistry and sound that belies short time they’ve spent together. As a testament, they’ve already signed to Buzz Records and have opened for the likes of Perfect Pussy and Solids. Their debut one-off single as a signed band comes in the form of the highly rhythmic, infectious “Mink Coats.” Playful rhythmic guitar strokes, a groovy bassline, and beating drums are invigorated with wandering shoegaze as singer/guitarist Neil Bednis sings of revolution and better days to come. He repeats “and the city’s such a mess” before the huge hook hits, and you can hear the wear and frustration in his voice as the instrumentation only makes it feel more palpable. Bednis had this to say about the song:

I started writing the song in early 2014 before Casper Skulls was a band and it was inspired by the Rob Ford fiasco that was happening at that time. Although that time has come and gone with Mr. Ford, the song’s sentiment still holds true for other ludicrous power-hungry politicians. As long as politics exist, so will corruption and lies.

Listen.

Tour dates:

04/22 Toronto, On @ Adelaide Hall w/ Suuns,Beliefs
05/13 Toronto, On @ The Garrison w/ Greys
05/28 Montreal, QC @ The B.O.G.
05/29 Halifax, NS @ Gus’ Pub
05/30 Charlottetown, PEI @ Baba’s Lounge
05/31 St John, NB @ Callahan’s Pub
06/01 Moncton, NB @ Claude’s House
06/06 Oakville, On @ Lourice

Casper Skulls’ debut EP will be out later this fall on Buzz.