Debut EP Rites & Ritual Out June 24th Via Pleasance Records.
Goth inspired post punks Traitrs have shared their very first single ‘Youth Cults’. The track, which was produced by Josh Korody (Dilly Dally, Beliefs, Fucked Up), calls to mind the propulsive, tense and synth loving music of Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, and early era Cure. Having said that, there’s a fuzziness to the guitar that allows the track to be a little more rough around the edges than one might expect from gothic post punk. The track delves into vocalist Shawn Tucker’s religious upbringing and how fanatical belief has been propagated over time.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the influence of cults and religion through generations,” says Tucker. “Sean and I both come from very religious families so the concept of blind belief out of fear and telling fairy tales to children is something that both terrifies us and interests us to no end. We both grew up in houses filled with crucifixes and holy water and it’s something I come back to often. Into my third week of being completely off my head I started working on the lyrics for ‘Youth Cults.’ One Spanish occult film in particular, Escalofrío (aka Satan’s Blood), inspired a lot of the imagery in “Youth Cults”. The film is filled with orgies, Satanic rituals, creepy dolls, attempted suicides, Ouija boards.”
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