Earlier this month, Coping Skills shared “I’d Rather Not (Yeah),” the first single from the Philadelphia-based duo’s upcoming sophomore album, Worst New Music. (The artwork above should be a good indicator of how willing the band are to commit to the bit.) Today, they’re putting out another song from the album, “Bagel Fruit Water,” and it’s a catchy one about our tendency to treat our bodies like shit when we feel bad about everything else. “My body is a temple, but I treat it like my neighbor’s house/ All boarded up and completely worn down,” they sing, turning a common platitude on its head.
“‘Bagel Fruit Water’ is a kind of hilarious string of words that, when juxtaposed with the not-so-hilarious concept of feeling like your body is falling apart due to poor nutrition or lack of sleep or just a general indifference to having a body at all, produces a song that is equal parts ridiculous and affecting, which embodies our whole schtick pretty well,” the band’s Lauren DeLucca explains.
The song starts with a descending riff that builds into an alluring melody of “bagel, fruit, and water,” presented here as the be-all end-all cure that’ll make your woes go away. The irony here is, of course, that it’s not even that healthy a combination — more a hangover remedy than a proper lifestyle change, but maybe it’s just enough to make you feel like you’ve started taking care of yourself, before the cycle starts all over again.
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