UK Artist of the Week: Mexican Radio

If you’re a fan of Berlin-based synth punk (and who isn’t?), then you’re in for an almighty treat. The formidable trio Mexican Radio will be releasing their undeniably determined sophomore album Deconstruction / Reconstruction on 20th September and to give you a little taster, they’ve just shared their brilliant new single “Night of Nihilist” with the world.

“Night of The Nihilist” is a wonderfully sharp and meaningful introductory track that showcases Mexican Radio’s potential perfectly. The production is undoubtedly impressive—they’ve recorded everything live to tape in an analogue studio with no overdubs—pretty serious stuff. Fans of The Fall and Atari Teenage Riot will certainly feel at home here.

Talking about the track, the band elaborate, “The song was inspired by the Russian nihilist movement from the 1860s and makes reference to their assassination of Tsar Alexander II. The narrator of the song also takes influence from the nihilist character Bazarov from Ivan Turgenev’s novel Fathers and Sons.

The song is about rejecting everything, wreaking righteous havoc and still managing to have a good time in the process. There’s also a conspiratorial vibe to the song, it’s almost like a manifesto written behind closed doors by people who are eager to unleash their ‘holy hate’ on the world outside as soon as the sun comes up—once they’ve finished dancing the night away.

Most of us can’t relate to throwing a bomb at an emperor’s carriage, but I think we can all understand that feeling of desperation when you’re backed into a corner and the only way out of a situation is to destroy everything around you.”

Destruction / Reconstruction is in stores on 20th September 2019 via R.I.P. Ben Lee Records.

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