‘Carnage Bargain.’ Out Sept 13th on Suicide Squeeze
Today LA newcomers The Paranoyds have shared the title track from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Carnage Bargain,’ due for September 13th release on Suicide Squeeze.
The album ‘Carnage Bargain’ sees the four-piece deliver a raucous blend of garage rock grit, new wave swagger, classic horror film soundtrack campiness, and a myriad of other left-of-center influences. Following the album’s first single of feminine-empowerment “Girlfriend Degree,” the record’s title track “Carnage Bargain” shows the band delivering scathing lyrical observations wrapped in jubilant punk-pop hooks.
“People want things all the time—there seems to be a constant manic need of consuming, now more so than ever. “Carnage Bargain” is about the people higher up wanting to get all this evil work done at a wholesale price,” bassist and vocalist Staz Lindes says. “It’s impossible for us to get through a day without thinking of the thousands of migrant children in cages at the border alone, some without proper beds, soap, toothbrushes, and with lights on 24/7. We can not continue to ignore the black lives, young and old, taken by police almost every week. The plastic crisis. The mass shootings. The extreme need of prison reform. The opioid crisis. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The list goes on, and the hole gets deeper. Sometimes I can’t sleep and I wonder: do they sleep well in the White House? What else can I do as a privileged citizen? They want to get a Carnage Bargain. I want to pick up garbage.”
“We’re living in the dystopian future. Our lives are completely tracked and programmed, our extension of ourselves is a handheld computer with a microphone and camera that stays on while were unaware, and, on top of everything, the extreme right is gaining continuous world power,” The Paranoyds explains of their name. “What isn’t there to be paranoyd about?”
It’s ironic that the band’s moniker winds up being an apt summary of the band’s general outlook on technology and modern culture given that The Paranoyds’ humble beginnings can be traced back to a friendship forged between Staz Lindes (bass/vocals) and Laila Hashemi (keys/vocals) over Myspace in their early teens. Bonded by a shared interest in local underground music, the pair eventually moved their online friendship into the real world. Laila’s childhood friend Lexi Funston was brought into the fold and the first vestiges of The Paranoyds began to take shape. “We would all go to our friends’ shows and it hit us that we could start a band and play shows too,” Funston says. With the addition of drummer David Ruiz in 2015, the band found the perfect personnel for their sonic balance of jubilant energy and foreboding undercurrents.
‘Carnage Bargain’ captures this chemistry perfectly—channeling the genre-mashing weirdness of guitar-and-keyboard provocateurs like The Intelligence on tracks like “Laundry,” the fever-dream kitsch of early B-52s on “Ratboy,” krautrock’s motorik groove on “Hungry Sam,” and the beguiling pop of Blondie on the sweet-and-salty highlight “Courtney.” The band may indeed be paranoid, but they offer a solution to our modern ills through the simple act of being an inspiring, independent, and unflappable musical force.
‘Carnage Bargain’ comes out on September 13th via Suicide Squeeze. Pre-order HERE.
The Paranoyds tour dates: THU SEP 5 – San Diego, CA, Casbah^ FRI SEP 6 – Pomona, CA, The Glass House^ SAT SEP 7 – Phoenix, AZ, Valley Bar^ MON SEP 9 – Austin, TX, Barracuda^ TUE SEP 10 – Dallas, TX, Club Dada^ WED SEP 11 – Houston, TX, Satellite Bar^ FRI SEP 13 – New Orleans, LA, Gasa Gasa^ SAT SEP 14 – Atlanta, GA, Masquerade (Hell Stage)^ SUN SEP 15 – Durham, NC, Motorco Music Hall^ TUE SEP 17 – Washington, DC, U Street Music Halll^ THU SEP 19 – Brooklyn, NY, Elsewhere^ FRI SEP 20 – Philadelphia, PA, PhilaMoca^ SAT SEP 21 – Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall^ MON SEP 23 – Toronto, ON, Horseshoe Tavern^ TUE SEP 24 – Columbus, OH, The Basement^ WED SEP 25 – Nashville, TN, Exit/In^ SAT SEP 28 – Minneapolis, MN, 7th Street Entry^ SUN SEP 29 – Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall^ MON SEP 30 – St. Louis, MO, Firebird^ THU OCT 3 – St. Louis, MO, Firebird# FRI OCT 4 – Des Moines, IA, Vaudeville Mews# SAT OCT 5 – St. Paul, MN, Amsterdam Bar & Grill# MON OCT 7 – Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge# FRI NOV 1 – San Francisco, CA, Cafe du Nord SAT NOV 2 – Santa Cruz, CA, The Crepe Place SUN NOV 3 – Reno, NV, The Holland Project TUE NOV 5 – Portland, OR, Bunk Bar WED NOV 6 – Seattle, WA, Barboza ^ = with Bleached # = with White Reaper