The Radio Dept. Share Politically-Charged Single "Going Down Swinging"

Music News
08/31/2018
Jasmine Albertson
photo by Brady Harvey

Swedish duo The Radio Dept. have unveiled a new politically-charged song called “Going Down Swinging.” While the song itself is gauzy and pretty, the lyrics punch hard. One line reads: "Nazis should be dealt with like in Normandie/Only inbreds join an alt right parade/Someone please tell that to Morrissey."

The band’s statement about the song reads: "The Swedish national election is coming up and that means we're putting out a new single. What else could we do? There are references to church bells in the lyrics, listeners from outside of Sweden might want to know this: In May 2014 and on a couple of occasions since, churches in Sweden have been ringing their bells during Nazi marches to warn the public. Before 2014 this hadn't been done since 1939. Because of the huge problems we have with increasing racism in our country it is a very welcome gesture. Personally we don't believe in gods but we do believe Nazis and their peers - however they choose to present or disguise themselves - should be dealt with like in World War II."

“Going Down Swinging” follows January’s single “Your True Name.” Last year, the band released the full-length Running Out of Love. Listen to the new track and the audio from a 2014 KEXP in-studio performance with the band below.

 

 

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