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Smokes examine the pain and privilege of being human on new single “Porn” — listen

on October 11, 2016, 1:55pm

Last year, Montreal’s Smokes let loose Zone Eater, a debut album we called “both abrasive and comforting.” For follow-up Wayne Death, due out in 2017, the band continues to force us to confront that which we’re unwilling to acknowledge: the ugly truths about human nature, and perhaps most importantly, about love and the cruelty that can fuel it.

To preview the upcoming sophomore record, Smokes have today shared lead single “Porn”. A fuzzy and warped psych pop cut that recalls Thee Oh Sees at times, it uses the idea of pornography to talk about so much more than sexual or physical satisfaction. Here, Smokes examine the ways in which despite our deep human connection, we often tend to treat one another with total disregard, as though we can’t separate fantasy from real life. “You can do anything you want to do/ It can do anything you want it to,” they sing on part of the track.

Of course, there are some more literal interpretations, as well. “The lyrics ‘pornography killed my computer’ are no joke,” the band’s Nick Maas tells Consequence of Sound. “My laptop has been defeated twice by a growing heap of porn-related viruses, and is essentially a huge paperweight now. There are many levels of meaning to this song.”

Stream it below.

“Porn” Artwork:

smokes porn cover final Smokes examine the pain and privilege of being human on new single Porn    listen

Smokes 2016 Tour Dates:
10/13 – Ottawa, ON @ Bar Robo
10/14 – Montreal, QC @ L’Escogriffe
10/20 – Providence, RI @ TBA
10/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ TBA
10/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBA

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