Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Typhoid Rosie - "Queen of Swords"

Photo by Mark Doyle

Brooklyn's Typhoid Rosie have this great alt-punk sound on their latest single. "Queen of Swords" is a fun, driving punk song, complete with gang vocals throughout. If anything, it's almost a by-the-numbers punk song (but done in the absolute best possible way). What keeps "Queen of Swords" from just being a standard song is Rosie Rebel's vocals. Typically punk vocals are filled with anger and ferocity which propels the intensity of the music. In this song, Rebel's vocals have more of a 90's slacker too cool to care vibe, although it's probably more just sick of dealing with nonsense. It makes Typhoid Rosie have a sound all their own, and I think we all know that not caring can make everything even more punk.

Rosie Rebel says of the new song:

"Sometimes you just gotta cut a motherfucker out of your life. Your survival, evolution, and the growth of your soul may one day depend upon whether or not you can turn your back on toxic situations. Those of you who dabble in tarot know that the Queen of Swords is not to be fucked with. She is the kind of person you want on your side. She is very loving until you put her in a position where she must choose between toxicity and her own self-love-she will always choose herself. Because my heart is so pure I didn’t always see the bad and malicious intentions of others headed towards me. Sometimes being so naive and following your heart blindly can lead you off a cliff. Not every person comes to the table with love in their hearts and that is why you always need to pay attention to the red flags and be ready to make your well-being your greatest priority. Like the airline safety cards say, “Your oxygen mask first”. I have overcome a great deal of pain and tragedy in my life, and if I could tell you two words that I needed to hear, in my greatest hour of need —those words are: “Get up.” I want you to see yourself in the boxing ring of life and I want you to scream these words like your life depended on it. May this song be just the rocket fuel you need."

You can listen to "Queen of Swords" below. Queen of Swords is due out August 13. You can pre-order a copy via Bandcamp. For more on Typhoid Rosie, check out the band's website.

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