Mating Ritual say "Nah" to the American capitalistic-dream on boisterous new single
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Mating Ritual has shared the final single to come before the release of their fifth studio album Songs for the Morning and Evening Times next month with “Nah,” a jaunty and sardonic new anthem about what it means to grow up fed the American capitalistic-dream. Mating Ritual’s answer to this is tucked not so shyly into the song’s title: “Nah.” Following the imagined lives they might have to lead if they were to buy into such a scam — the single paints a bleak picture that leaves them forever pining for more even as they drop deeper in debt to a system that doesn’t care about them, just their money.


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The song’s sublimely boisterous spirit is kept afloat by the throaty croons of brothers Ryan Marshall Lawhon and Taylor Lawhon, a tumble of hammered guitars and anxious drumming, the sublime twinkle of a triangle, and the clamor of horns. Chaotic and informed by the duo’s big punk energy “Nah” digs its snarky teeth into the absurdity of living in a world that tells you that you can have it all, to buy it all, and that it will somehow bring you happiness.

“Irish drinking songs are to England as ‘Nah’ is to American Capitalism. You can’t do much about it, but you can get drunk and complain with your friends,” the duo said of the single. “Sonically it’s the lovechild of FIDLAR and Gorillaz, but with our flair for the sarcastic.”

Mating Ritual’s fifth studio album Songs for the Morning and Evening Times is out August 27 via Smooth Jaws label. The band will also be going on tour this fall with a stop at Zebulon in Los Angeles on November 11 and at the Casbah in San Diego on November 12. Visit Mating Ritual’s website, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and tour announcements.

Listen to Mating Ritual’s new single “Nah” below!