PREMIERE: Breathers – “Krokodil”


If you’ve ever wondered what it would sound like if you took ’80s electronic pop at the height of its mainstream decadence, peppered it with random 8-bit blasts of textured noise and fed it an intravenous IV of a semi-synthetic Russian street drug, imagine no more. Atlanta trio Breathers have got you covered.

This morning, we’re excited to premiere “Krokodil,” a new single from the group that has a bit of a psychotic edge, but, really, when you break this thing down structurally, it’s not too far removed from a traditional verse-chorus-verse pop song. Sure, its littered with emphatic keyboards that sound like they were lifted from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, jagged rhythms bordering on the spastic and obscure lyrics about reptilian transformation, but that’s all part of the fun, right? It’s “Neutron Dance” on heavy drugs. But not just any drug, mind you. There’s something deeper and more deliberate happening here, dammit. I’ll allow Breathers to explain:

“Krokodil” is a lyrical satire on the media scare of the Russian street drug of the same name. The idea for the song came from artist tendencies to write songs about specific drugs that romanticize or glamorize them. We thought it would be comical to write a song that romanticizes a drug that is by no means glamorous and is actually just horrifying. The lyrics are sung from the perspective of someone that identifies of being more from reptilian descent, rather than ape descent, and sees “Krokodil” as a tool to reach that state.

So here you go, kids. A wild and satirical dance-pop jam for your Thursday morning. “Krokodil” won’t cause painful sores, skin ulcers, internal vein and tissue damage, or organ failure, but given the right mood it might just lead you to dance your ass off.

Breathers will perform tonight at Star Bar in support of Warehouse, Yamin Semali and Landline. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is FREE.

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