Austin-based punk rockers BLXPLTN shared their new single "Education Destruction," the first offering from their forthcoming third album, the politically-charged new cut will drop on 27th October via the band’s own label Wolfshield Records.
Exploring themes of class inequality and the connection between illiteracy and criminality, ‘Education Destruction’ lyrics focus on singer TaSzlin Muerte's personal struggle within the system, decrying the misinformation forced upon the laypeople by the wealthy upper-class. The visuals accompanying the single see a disenchanted Muerte "Puts on his special glasses" with bandmates Jonathan Horstmann and Jeremy Kivett, eventually including a host of friends who begin to see clearly the subliminal mind-control in the advertising surrounding them. The band also has an insight into fictional politician Rich Dobney (played by Jason Reece of ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, reprising the role from their 2012 track ‘Catatonic’) for what he truly is, a bizarre alien creature a la John Carpenter’s film ‘They Live’, popularized recently by Shepard Fairey of OBEYGIANT fame. The video perfectly balances these heavy overtones with a fun party scene full of vibrant, interesting characters.
Born from the creative forces of drummer and vocalist TaSzlin Muerte, guitarist, singer and synth player Jonathan Horstmann, with the recent addition of drummer Jeremy Kivett, the radical multi-instrumentalists continue to champion social justice for people of colour, the LGBTQ community, women, immigrants, and the generally disenfranchised, forgotten members of society. BLXPLTN’s empowering message is a punch in the face of the punk rebellion that - as many aspects of pop culture - has seen its historical image whitewashed. Tearing apart the stereotypes attached to racial and gender identity, the trio gives voice to a myriad of unheard perspectives. Every revolution needs a soundtrack - and with ‘Education Destruction’BLXPLTN are sparking a seismic shift in the culture of their nation