The Supremacy Of Pure Artistic Feeling - Self Defense Family

from the album Have You Considered Punk Music (2018)

Last night, I started listening to the latest album by Self Defense Family, Have You Considered Punk Music.  What initially drew me in was that the album's title did not have a question mark at the end.  Was this an oversight, or intentional.

Once listening, I then became captivated by the first track, The Supremacy Of Pure Artistic Feeling.  Again, I was initially captivated by the title.

I found myself completely absorbed by this tune.  It has the vibe of a post-punk campfire song, if there is such a thing.  One where a singer waxes poetically over a chord progression that is slowly played on guitar, one note at a time, king of like the music of Sun Kil Moon.  I envision myself burnt out in a small, dimly lit room with the musicians as they drone out the sound.

Then I began to listen to the lyrics.  Listening to the flawed point of view of the narrative.  It is fascinating.

My girl and I started fostering dogs
Shit's a hassle but they help to keep her calm
She's seen a lot, so have those pups
They connect in a way that's fun for me to watch

She's young and she's beautiful and she's warm
But my head is always on what it's on
My little projects, some are decades long
Some near completion, most are a ways off

Somehow scattered and at the same time fixated
I think I get that from my mom, she's such a busy lady
My girl's making efforts to be more social
Says it would mean a lot if I would try it with her

Wall of flowers between myself and dinner guests
Chain and stanchion between myself and all the rest
Hot air between myself and any room
Flaming sword between myself and the whole wide world

That sort of information ties you to a song
You grow close to me and we form a bond
That's how it works you, you buy in willingly
And this is as close as we get to intimacy

The last verse really grabs me.  How did he know that I would buy in willingly?  Is this really as close as we can get to intimacy?

Click Here to watch the official music video for The Supremacy Of Pure Artistic Feeling by Self Defense Family.

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