Kicking another premiere week we are leaving all stress away as we premiere “HappyDagger,” the second single and music video off American Wake, the debut album from Religious Right, the new band from members of Pageant and Tracer Bullet.
The product of good Midwestern upbringings, Chicago singer and guitarist Johnny Chastain, tenor saxophonist Chris Watkins, and Nashville-based singer and guitarist Derek Porter — who have been making music together in a slew of projects and under various monikers for over 10 years — know what the name of their latest endeavor, Religious Right, refers to.
“We’re using our own creative output as our attempt to reclaim and redefine the bizarre history of religion, belief and politics in America,” says Porter. The garage rock trio’s goal is to convert the chaotic energy of our current era into an imperative musical force, making it cathartic and essential.
Religious Right are preparing to release their debut album American Wake, set to be self-released on Porter’s own Piercing Music on August 10, 2018.
The album’s themes are captured in the album artwork by Phil Bergren. He describes the art as a jab at commercialism, stereotypes, vice and propaganda. “It’s a tongue-in-cheek shot at politics and religious beliefs and features a particularly ironic spot for Freddy Krueger as a choir boy, a character who notoriously molested children in the movies.” And it’s hard to miss Batboy with a Trump-esque wig — an overt jab at politics and the nature of truth.
But lest one thinks that they don’t have a sense of humor about the whole thing, their forthcoming second single “HappyDagger” makes clear that they know how to have fun with it. The forthcoming music video for the second single shows off this idiosyncratic joie de vivre. In particular, tenor saxophonist Chris Watkins is an unstoppable ball of energy relishing his moment in the spotlight. Chris says, “I’m out here to have a good time. Clothing optional!”