Some bands toil away for weeks trying to get the perfect opening lyrics or guitar lick, but it wasn't the songwriting process itself that was painful for Los Encantados
when it came to putting together their new track "ZZZZ." "It was very quick and natural--like turning on a faucet and filling in a glass of water," explains James Armstrong, the Brooklyn six-piece's lead singer, adding, "Emotionally, it felt like that faucet poured serrated blades and shards of glass into my cup to drink."
No surprise--the '50s-esque ballad, slated to be released on their new album this spring, chronicles the end of a relationship. "It's almost the kiss goodbye; it's seeing the endpoint and preparing to put something to rest," notes Armstrong. "ZZZZ", the second-to-last song in a three EP series dubbed The Same Damned Soul, captures that with its lullaby-to-chainsaw guitars arc. As the singer puts it, "Songs like this, Jesus & Mary Chain, and Harry Nilsson allow me to crack a smile after my internal yelling fits."
So start your Monday off with a sweet scream--we've got the exclusive premiere of "ZZZZ" and it's yours to download for free.
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