Lower Dens’ “Young Republicans” is unimpeachable disco-pop

The band’s new album The Competition is out September 6 via Ribbon Music.

May 30, 2019

The indie music landscape hasn't been the same without Lower Dens, the Baltimore purgatorial-dream-pop group fronted by Jana Hunter. Thankfully the project has returned on Thursday with a new single and music video for "Young Republicans." Directed by Raul Gonzo, the clip has the style of a Giallo horror film set in a '70s American suburb stalked by cops and right-wing drones. It's a flashy visualization of the dark and urgent satire that lies beneath the song's energetic disco vibes. Check it out above.

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"Young Republicans" is taken from the upcoming Lower Dens project The Competition, out September 6 on Ribbon Music. In a press release, the band's Jana Hunter discussed how her past informed the album:

The issues that have shaped my life, for better or for worse, have to do with coming from a family and a culture that totally bought into this competitive mindset. I was wild and in a lot of pain as a kid; home life was very bleak, and pop songs were a guaranteed escape to a mental space where beauty, wonder, and love were possible. I wanted to write songs that might have the potential to do that.

Thumbnail photo by Torso

Lower Dens’ “Young Republicans” is unimpeachable disco-pop