New Filter Single ‘Murica’
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Murica is a new single from USA based Alternative Rock band, Filter. It was released on October 28, 2020. It’s a very typical Filter track filled with heavy guitars and Richard Patrick’s signature vocal style. A perfect listen for fans of early Nine Inch Nails, Linkin Park and Stabbing Westward.
Listen to ‘Murica’
Filter is an American rock band formed in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio, by singer Richard Patrick and guitarist and programmer Brian Liesegang. The band was formed after Patrick left Nine Inch Nails (NIN) as a touring guitarist because a young Richard Patrick had the burning desire to start writing his own material. Surely, Trent Reznor telling Patrick to go deliver pizzas when he was short on cash must’ve been the push he really needed.
Since Patrick Reznor’s departure from iconic industrial rock giants Nine Inch Nails, Filter has gone on to have a celebrated career, releasing track after heralded track. However, Short Bus, their first album and arguably best release of the 1990s saw huge success with highly recognisable track ‘Hey Man, Nice Shot,’ which featured on the Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight soundtrack, shortly before Short Bus was released. Since then, Filter have been a mainstay on the soundtrack scene with “Jurassitol” having appeared on The Crow: Soundtrack and the soundtracks of many other Genre Films.
Fans of Filter’s early industrial meets alternative-rock 90s mashup will fall in love with their latest single ‘Murica,’ which dropped on Spotify and Apple Music late October. Like Hey Man Nice Shot, Murica has that in your face “f*** you” anthem which goes on to speak volumes more than the music itself. After all, Hey Man Nice Shot was written about the public suicide of Pennsylvania state treasurer R. Budd Dwyer on January 22, 1987 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania after being convicted of bribery charges in December 1986, and was expected to receive a long sentence. Not just about suicide. Sorry, kids!
Clocking in at 4 min 5 sec, Murica provides a guitar and drum barrage that we haven’t heard Filter pull off, at least since the late 90s. Murica quickly segways into a verse echoing the following:
“yeah I can’t afford my meds,
“something is unglued,
“I see it in my head,
“ain’t buying your fake news,
“wanna’ see em’ dead,
“I can’t afford my meds,
“and the answer’s in my shotgun”
A haunting echo of the current political climate the USA has been reeling from since Trump took office and the power of firearms and pharmaceutical companies holding American’s to ransome. Following on from this verse the track itself journeys into an angsty Alternative-Rock chorus which shows off the multi-layered style of Patrick’s vocals. With a final heavy breakdown you’d expect from a Boston Metalcore band and not from an alternative rock act like Filter who has flirted with pop for better part of the last decade. Uttering the final lyric:
“they got us right where they want us at each others throats”
Highlighting the polarisation coming from the left and right of the political spectrum. A clear and defining statement for a band not always overtly political. Though with this swing for the fences swipe at the right/left extremists and commentary on middle America, Murica does continue hold to is core the ingredients of a Fan Favourite Filter track. Loud guitars, thunderous drums, kickass vocals and light industrial electronica, that is so light to the ear yet glues all the sum of its parts together. I needed this song and so do you.
Why are you still here reading? Go listen.