L.S. Dunes’ incisive new song, “Bombsquad,” addresses prejudice and terror

L.S. Dunes have returned with their third single, a raging assault on political fanatics titled “Bombsquad”, NME reports.

Quoting a press release by frontman Anthony Green (formerly of Circa Survive) said the lyrics for “Bombsquad” stemmed from a poem he’d written in the wake of the United States Capitol attack – when on January 6, 2021, far-right zealots violently stormed the Capitol building in Washington, DC to “protest” Donald Trump’s loss in the previous year’s Presidential election.

“In the midst of the pandemic,” Green wrote, “people were trying to take down the government because a con-man politician couldn’t admit that he had lost the election, not for any legitimate grievance or protest. The song is a rage against society’s depressing and destructive forces.”

Bombsquad’ arrives alongside a live video of L.S. Dunes performing at Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, New York. In addition to being where some of the band’s members’ favourite records were tracked (the presser cites albums by Sunny Day Real Estate, The National and The Hold Steady as particular gems), Dreamland is significant here for its cultural link to the lyrics on ‘”Bombsquad”.

At one point in time, the studio’s building operated as a church. On how that’s relevant to “Bombsquad”, Green pointed to its choral refrain of “Leora”, explaining: “‘Leora’ is an age-old word meaning ‘of the light’ or ‘compassion’, which I think is something we need to call and reflect on for growth and unity.”

Have a listen to ‘Bombsquad’ below, then see their ‘Live At Dreamland’ performance of it:

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