California-based garage rock outfit, The Band Ice Cream have released their introspective new single, “CHEMICAL FIRE” today. Taken from their upcoming 10-song collection, Play Dead, the song finds vocalist Kevin Fielding recalling the moments following the death of a family member.
The single is deceptively spirited and uptempo, steadily building via 90’s era guitar riffs while weaving in modern production elements like 808s and synths. Highlighting how our personal prejudices can block objectivity and leave us unresponsive to individuals seeking an understanding ear, the track zooms in on the adverse reaction that some of the members of Fielding’s family had after discovering that their deceased relative’s spouse had moved on, choosing to view love as a chemical that can come and go.
“To love again is human,” Fielding reminds his listeners. “It doesn’t need to be viewed as replacing love lost.”
Play Dead, which was written by Fielding, tracked by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Jeff Rosenstock, Remo Drive), and produced by Tim Vickers aka Grandbankss (Tia Nomore, Ricky Lake), will be released in full on September 20th.