Flasher’s ‘Winnie’ Owes Its Lyrics to CNN and Big Pharma
It's been a busy past couple of months for Flasher. Last fall, Priests' label Sister Polygon treated the D.C. punks' awesome self-titled debut cassette to a proper vinyl reissue, followed shortly thereafter by a sizable North American tour. Flasher are showing no signs of slowing anytime soon — in fact, they're just getting started. Come spring, the trio will release a new 7" featuring two new songs, "Winnie" and "Burn Blue." They've let go of the former today, an intense post-punk burner inspired by the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 last May, and titled after the Texas town where the song was originally written.
"The lyrics were written as an exercise in assemblage / automatic writing told through two televised perspectives that converge in psychosexual reverie," the band explains via a press release, adding, "Almost every word was taken from the pontificating pundits on CNN or the ecstatic sales pitches of pharmaceutical advertisements: For example, the refrain 'these feet want to keep the beat moving' was plucked from a diabetes medication commercial." The source material may not be chaotic, but the song certainly is — such is Flasher's transformative beauty.
Stream "Winnie" below, and scroll down to view the artwork for Flasher's upcoming 7", as well as their tour dates.
Flasher's "Winnie" / "Burn Blue" 7" will be released May 5 via Sister Polygon. Pre-order it here.
FLASHER on TOUR
Mar. 12 — Asheville, NC @ the Mothlight !
Mar. 13 — Nashville, TN @ the East Room !
Mar. 15 — Austin, TX @ the Mohawk (SXSW - House of Vans - 8:30PM)
Mar. 15 — Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie's (SXSW - AdHoc Day Party - 1PM)
Mar. 16 — Austin, TX @ Beerland (SXSW - Third Man Records Party - 10:15PM)
Mar. 17 — Austin, TX @ Hole in the Wall (SXSW - Austin Oasis 2017 Party - 2:15PM)
Mar. 17 — Austin, TX @ East Austin Hostel (SXSW - Sister Polygon / Dull Tools Party - 6:50PM)
Mar. 18 — Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Priests, Weaves, Chastity Belt
Mar. 19 — Hot Springs, AR @ Low Key Arts w/ Downtown Boys, Joan of Arc
Mar. 21 — Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe @
Mar. 22 — Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Mar. 24 — Durham, NC @ Duke Coffeehouse @
Apr. 14 — Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub $
Apr. 15 — Bloomington, IN @ Dunn Meadow (Culture Shock Festival)
Apr. 16 — Chicago, IL @ Township
Apr. 17 — Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Apr. 19 — Toronto, ON @ the Baby G (Canadian Music Week)
Apr. 20 — Montreal, QC @ Matahari Art Loft
Apr. 21 — Winooski, VT @ the Monkey House
Apr. 28 — Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong %
June 22 — Washington, DC @ Luce Foundation Center ("Luce Unplugged" Series)
! w/ Priests
@ w/ NE-HI
$ w/ Leggy
% w/ Split Single, R. Ring