Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Great Dictators' apocalyptic view of family in "Creep For Life" maybe through a broken mirror

"and too drunk to sing for you now"

Creep For Life is the brand new single by the Copenhagen-based indie rock trio, The Great Dictators. The band has a dark sideways sound that is an indulgent mix of cynicism, divergent thinking of life's bent illusions and hard truths. You can hear all that in Creep For Life. Some of the lyrics that pour out of songwriter Dragut Lugalzagosi's mouth in his barbiturate drip sort of way might make you laugh (it did me) but not in a "ha ha" way, in a dark way, in a life is a cosmic joke sort of way. Of the song, the acerbic singer says: 

“This song is our humble tribute to the great Jóhann Jóhannson. His soundscapes are always a big inspiration and also during the recording of ‘Creep For Life’. The lyrics tell a tale of a dysfunctional family where love and trust are illusions trying to stab you in the back. Some might say that family is a divine blessing. It can also be a hellish curse for life and we shouldn't be afraid to talk about it. The song finishes with a noisy blast resembling a much needed exorcism, so maybe it’s a happy ending.”

Happy ending or not, maybe we are all familiar with a dysfunctional family member or two or maybe that family member exists in the mirror (?). Either way, The Great Dictators with their darkly drawn horror pop meets Gothic rock meets dark-wave aesthetic appeals to my attraction to a twisted view of the twisted of humanity, "this party is the worst party ever... I see an evil love", indeed.

-Robb Donker Curtius


Danish indie rockers return with their new album 'One Eye Opener' - release April 17th 2020 via Celebration Records. More news coming soon.

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