Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes return with the exhilarating new single, My Town, and its accompanying video, both featuring Joe Talbot of Idles. The song, which marks the first new music from the British outfit since 2019’s ‘End of Suffering,’ debuted earlier today via BBC Radio 1, with Annie Mac declaring it the “Hottest Record in the World.”
Produced by guitarist Dean Richardson, a first for the band, the result is incendiary. My Town is another example of why the pair are one of the most exciting outfits to emerge from England in recent history, and why Carter – since his early days in hardcore punk band Gallows and then as Pure Love – has become a vital voice in UK music, rallying against injustice, the patriarchy, right-wing politics and toxic masculinity. Watch the video clip via YouTube below.
Rewind to February 2020, the band had just played the gig of their lives, headlining Alexandra Palace in London when the world pressed the pause button. They initially went into the studio to bottle that intensity, fresh off the road with a powerful live show and on the heels of the #4 debut for ‘End of Suffering’. But during the uncertainty of the past year, where they snatched pockets of time to write together when they could, Carter and Richardson ended up with something far gnarlier, channeling all their frustrations and the grittiness of the city into new music.
“My Town” is a bruising metaphor for “our collective mental health falling apart,” says Carter. It is a metaphoric look at the collective mental health of a world after a barrage of lockdowns. Imagining every person as a town and its residents, the town representing the mental stability and wellbeing of that person. Frank says: “It’s easy to dissociate when it’s someone else’s problem but we are each responsible for keeping the streets clean, looking out for our fellow neighbours and acting with kindness and respect as we walk through life. We can look into this town and see the seedy underbelly, the dirt, the disdain, the undercurrent of hate and despair. And then we are reminded that ‘My Town’ looks just like yours, and no one gives a fuck at all and if we don’t start looking after ourselves soon then we are all going to be in big trouble.”
The song also features Joe Talbot of Idles. Carter says he saw Talbot’s Bristol-based band perform and couldn’t stop crying – “they had a tremendous effect on me” – and the two have since become firm friends. Carter invited Talbot to guest, and the result is this stand out track.
Over the course of three albums since 2015, Carter and Richardson have built a reputation for blistering anthemia that owes as much to brooding desert rock as it does to blistering hardcore and power-pop – sex, rage and letting rip. They’re the very definition of a modern rock band, both artists as well as musicians – Richardson with his design studio, YUCK, and Carter, a well-known tattoo artist.
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