Fake Limbs Call Out Your ‘Favorite People’ on Your Timeline
After five years of powering through the Windy City club circuit, the time has come for Fake Limbs to bring their bro-trolling to a much wider audience. The politically conscious, perennially warped quartet just signed with Don Giovanni, which will release the band's third album, Matronly, on October 14. One need only glance at this week's headlines for proof that the band's return couldn't come at a better time — and you can bet that bandleader Stephen Sowley's got a lot on their mind.
Today, CLRVYNT is premiering "An Inconvenience," from the upcoming LP. Sowley wrote the song in late 2015, amidst the turmoil that shook the nation after Chicago police shot and killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. As the guitars surge, the bandleader details a uncomfortable, infuriating conversation with one of those assholes (or "putzes," as Sowley calls them); you know, the types of folks prone to lead off an argument with, "I don't mean to be racist, but ... " That "An Inconvenience" is just two minutes long is a testament to its power as a vehicle of urgency: not just in musical terms, but political as well. Listen below, and scroll down for Sowley's thoughts on the track.
Fake Limbs will release Matronly October 14 on Don Giovanni.
Stephen Sowley on "An Inconvinience":
A little context to the content: I wrote this after being stuck at a bar with some putz who was loudly talking about the Black Lives Matter movement; in Chicago, there was a massive protest in one of the main retail districts the day after Thanksgiving, to address the shooting of Laquan McDonald. Said putz was complaining about how the protest messed up his Xmas shopping plans and how 'that's no way to get me to sympathize with your movement!' I went to the bathroom to just roll my eyes and talk myself down from making a scene, and noticed a 'Black Lives Matter' tag in said stall. The word 'Black' had been scribbled out and replaced with the word 'All.' When I returned to my seat, dude was still yammering ... 'I voted for Obama, I have black friends,' the whole checklist, but he didn't once mention redlining neighborhoods or the economic structures that displace so many people and families of color. He did get the word 'Thug' in, though. Always a little red in an ocean of blue.
I'm only clearing that up because I shift between a narrative and a perspective in the lyrics (me listening to said putz, and said putz talking), and I don't want that to be misconstrued. We as a band fully support the BLM movement, but we are not very interested in taking up space / getting in the way / shouting from our own extremely privileged space, thus drowning out the voices of those that have to live with this oppression every day.