Our pals in LA-based band Total Massacre are at it again. They recently released a new single entitled “Cocaine Mitch” which is a little bit about Mitch McConnell and a lotta bit about the state of our sad-sack country at the moment. The band has released the new track via Bandcamp and has written the following about the price tag of the new single:
“We don’t normally demand money in exchange for our music around here but we’re making an exception in this case, because every single dollar from the song Cocaine Mitch is going to go towards making things as shitty for that fucking asshole as possible.”
Stream the new single below and toss some money at the band for a good cause to help stop a bad man.
Total Massacre could easily be described as a ‘political leaning band.’ There was so much talk when 45 was first elected about how this was going to improve Punk music and add fuel to the fire for bands. Do you find the political turmoil in the country inspiring as a way to write and record? So many bands and people just seemed drained.
Oh, we’re plenty drained, don’t worry. But yeah, it’s fuel for the fire like you said. We are all sorta from the “write what you feel” school of songwriting, and pretty much every day of this nightmare we inhabit gives us something new to feel white-hot rage about and then channel into our music so that we don’t lose our damn minds over it.
We always kinda bristled at that “punk music will get better” thing though because we’ve said since day one that we’d happily trade being in this band for a world that wasn’t fucking horrible. Since it doesn’t look like that’s gonna be an option anytime soon though, y’all are probably stuck with us for now.
You go after America’s most hated turtle-man hybrid in this new track, “Cocaine Mitch.” Why did you pick Mitch McConnell and why do you think he sucks so fucking much?
I mean, obviously we hate the President and everything he represents, but McConnell is something different I think because that fucker actually knows what he’s doing. The way that asshole operates is the clearest signs of how utterly evil and nihilistic these fuckers are.
Let’s put it this way: Mitch has knowingly empowered a dipshit-clown-fascist, leading directly to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of human beings, and the impoverishment and torture of an uncountable number of others, and for what? So he can lower taxes for the rich and make sure the government is too broken to ever raise them up again. This piece of shit will literally kill as many people as it takes to empower the American oligarchy, and if that isn’t worthy of the kind of hatred we have for him, I dunno what is.
Take us through the process of writing a track like this from start to finish.
So, to be clear, it’s not like we sat down and wrote this after the latest evil thing Cocaine Mitch did. Pretty sure, this was like 100 evil things ago. So whenever that was it was probably like most of our other songs which begin with a combination of Mike Massacre going “hey guys, check out this riff, what do you think?” And then proceeding to melt our faces with his unrivaled guitar rippage, and then us having a funny idea for a song name, like “Cocaine Mitch.” Side note: seriously, can you believe that motherfucker was caught involved in trafficking massive amounts of drugs and literally nothing happened?
I think the important thing to note is that, same as a lot of our songs, the silly title and ripping guitar is really our way to sort of sneak in a slightly deeper critique. Sure it’s called “Cocaine Mitch,” but it’s really a message to centrist libs to stop falling for his bullshit. He isn’t really the target of the song, just the clearest example of why the “opposition” party needs to fucking get with the program. They aren’t going to, of course, but we’re clearly hopeless optimists here at Total Massacre.
You had stated that the proceeds from this song will be donated. Can you speak more to that?
Yeah, they will be. We actually haven’t nailed down exactly where yet, and we were honestly worried people might give us some shit for that, but I guess maybe we‘ve earned a little trust from folks somewhere along the way.
The problem is that we don’t really love electoralism as a strategy, but we also have to recognize that the fastest and most effective way to help a lot of people is likely to engage in it, at least if it can achieve a very specific, limited purpose like handicapping an evil asshole like McConnell. So there is a fund for flipping the senate we are looking at, but the people running it aren’t especially great, and there’s another fund for helping “left” candidates at the grassroots/local election level that we’re looking at too.
I think it’s important to note that this would be a helluva lot easier if the Democratic Party hadn’t spent 30 million dollars to ensure that an actual leftist with a decent shot at beating Mitch lost the primary to an absolutely worthless centrist with no chance, but hey, we have to deal with the world as it is!
So yeah, we will let everyone know as soon as we make a final decision, probably pretty soon. In the meantime, anyone is free to donate to anything they think is worthwhile and let us know, and we will happily send the song their way!
Describe the state of our country in one sentence.
This country is a fucking dumpster.