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.


"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