Self Defense Family were established in 2003 as a side project for hardcore-leaning musicians who wanted to experiment with something more melodic. The Albany-based outfit is now ahead of their sixth studio album Have You Considered Punk Music, their debut with Boston indie label Run For Cover Records. Its titular track, which the band is sharing today, maintains their punk roots with a dark Western sensibility.
Frontman Patrick Kindlon’s stuttering spoken word introduces the album’s meditative narrative. A somber riff and twinkling piano accompany his musings about time and creation. “It’s about feeling very intensely about a thing you’re becoming increasingly aware the rest of the world doesn’t give a shit about,” Kindlon says of the song. “It’s like how people feel about their cats: they love their cat, but you don’t give a shit about their cat.”
The video takes a very close look at the daily operations of a D.P. Dough calzone shop in Albany — an attempt to communicate the aforementioned potential for intense devotion to something much of the world doesn’t give a shit about. (For what it’s worth, my colleague Chris DeVille calls D.P. Dough a cornerstone of his collegiate experience.) Watch below, where you can also find a 15-minute “podcast” in which the band members offer commentary on the new track.
Have You Considered Punk Music is out 6/29 via Run For Cover.