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Bootblacks’ “Southpole” Is a Love Letter to Joy Division (Premiere)

Bootblacks’ “Southpole” Is a Love Letter to Joy Division (Premiere)

“This is not the dream,” Bootblacks frontman, Panther MacDonald repeats on “Southpole,” though it is harder to believe him with each successive spin of the track. The post-punk indebted song exists very much in the ether, floating delicately beyond reach.

It’s a strong second single for the band, who have been channeling OG goth vibes for the last five years in Brooklyn. Though their early work owed more to the sounds and aesthetics of punk, the band have let a little more light in (hard to tell from the above picture) on their most recent record, Veins.

MacDonald describes the band’s new album as a step away from punk toward-post punk, and you can most certainly hear that in “Southpole,” which sounds like a skittering love letter to Bauhaus, Joy Division, Depeche Mode and all the other bands that ultimately bridged the gaps between punk, post-punk, and new wave. The instrumentation is expertly produced here, and I am very curious how this would all translate live.

If you happen to be one of our European readers and are digging the tune, you can check them out on tour this April. See those dates below the track.

Tour Dates

4/15 – Leipzig
4/16 – Wroclaw
4/17 – Warsaw
4/18 – Ostrava
4/19 – Vienna
4/20 – Munich
4/21 – Milan
4/22 – Lyon
4/23 – Paris
4/24 – Brussels
4/25 – Cologne
4/26 – Hanover
4/27 – Hamburg
4/28 – Potsdam
4/29 – Berlin

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