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Garage rock, particularly garage-psych, isn't usually political. It's usually just fun rock 'n' roll. The Harlequins get political on their latest single. While musically "The Tower" sounds like your typical garage-psych weirdo party jam, lyrically the song rails against political inaction against school shootings. (Why this is a political issue and not something we can all get behind makes no sense to me, but what do I know? I just don't like small children getting shot...) The song starts off with the line "Was the blood of the children / From your filthy hand" making the subject matter quite obvious. The song was originally written in 2018 as a response to the Parkland High shooting, but unfortunately nothing has truly changed since then making this song endlessly timely.