Minnesota trio reveal a new track from their forthcoming album which examines the emotional strain of living in a divided America
Formed in Minnesota in 1993, the group currently consists of founding members Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, along with bassist Steve Garrington, who for this release collaborated with producer BJ Burton. The album's cover is designed by another longtime collaborator, English artist Peter Liversidge.
Speaking to Abi Bliss the The Wire 415 singer and guitarist Alan Sparhawk explains the themes behind the album: “We made this record piece by piece, stretching over the whole shift in America, the fiasco of the election and everything since then,” he says. “The bearing that that has on anybody making art in America right now is undeniable. People are struggling with how they do this: a lot of things that were considered valid before are now kind of silly and petty. People are realising that there’s a lot more at stake and that the feelings they’re having are new and more tense. That’s where we were.
“The title of the record Double Negative came out of that conversation: OK, there are negative things going on and we’re reacting negatively; is that positive? Because sometimes it just feels like more negative…”
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