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Montreal’s Bad Skin release aggressive new anthem ‘Clowns For President’

Canada’s reigning queens of grungy-pop punk go for the juggler on latest single

Red lips and pants full of holes, this all-girl band came together in the Montreal music scene, re-living punk rock and projecting a rebel attitude against societal norms. Giving a sonic middle finger, they unashamedly denounce control and constraint, firing on all cylinders straight from their recent EP offering, ‘Live Fast Die Punk’. 

The glorious four-piece from Quebec swing truth bombs like axes in this pulsating follow-up. Refusing to back down, censor or control, Bad Skin slices through the narrative. It enchants the listener in a race against conformity, a punk quid pro quo in sending the message that Gen Z is awake and paying attention to the global society around them. And punk is here to save the day.

Dope (lead vox, rhythm guitarist), Caro (lead guitar), Aurély (bass), and Christine (drums), say the idea behind the track came from real-life anecdotes from friends forced into situations where they felt incapable of saying “no.” 

“We wanted to share with our fans that it’s okay to say ‘no’, even when it’s not easy,” says Bad Skin. “Of course, with everything going on right now with the COVID situation, we had to pursue that idea at its largest!” 

The message couldn’t have been bigger — or louder. Dope’s husky vox commanding “no government” is a near-nod to Pussy Riot; her attitude is a melding pot of Peaches and Dolores O’Riordan. Caro’s expert punk licks lashed around Aurély’s rumbling bass lay the framework of anarchist punk rock.

The track is committed to its rapid tempo thanks to Christine, who refuses to back down from the haul — her epic throwdown of the beat snaps together with a familiar nod to original punk masterminds who defined the genre.

Clowns For President‘ wouldn’t be complete without a Bad Skin video accompanying the track. As gritty, dark, and hasty as the song, the track delivers dark visuals to tell the rest of the story. 

“For this video, we went completely in another direction from our past videos,” the band explains. “It’s darker and more serious but still with our Bad Skin touch. The video was shot in half a day, and we added actors for the first time. Such an amazing experience!”

As the group continues to release the singles off their sophomore release, ‘Live Fast Die Punk’, they’ve recently announced a slew of 2022 dates, as well. Including taking to the stage in a UK blitz this coming July.

Bad Skin are a band raising their voice for the voiceless, talented and fearless, refusing to back down, bow down, or explain themselves; Bad Skin isn’t afraid to call it like it is; refusing to comply or conform. 

‘Clowns For President’ and Live Fast Die Punk are available now. 

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