Let’s be clear: Nothing about our country has changed between Tuesday night and today. The racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and hate that made Donald Trump the President were always there; the results just made that reality starkly apparent. When I agreed to premiere the song below a few weeks ago, I imagined (or at least hoped against hope) that we’d all be in different spirits come post-election. It’s not that a Hillary Clinton win would signal an end to this country’s deep, systemic problems — far from it — but it would be a tiniest step in some right direction, and now it feels like we’ve all taken a big leap down into a fiery hell pit.
But here we are, and at least we still have powerful music to help contextualize all of the pain we’re feeling. Turtlenecked’s “Boys Club” — from the prolific Portland-based project’s next full-length Lepers, a follow-up to this year’s Pure Plush Bone Cage — sees Harrison Smith rallying against the patriarchal institutions that helped Trump hold this country’s highest office via making in-roads in his own music scene: “When I’m stalking the streets like a scarecrow/ My mouth is a vulture when it should be velcro,” he sings. “Oh, this pale indie bro trash pile/ I will be the king of it/ If the game is for gold diggers, then I’ll put a ring on it.” It’s forceful posturing from the disenfranchised, and it deserves to be played loud and on repeat.
Lepers is out next April via Good Cheer Records.