The Districts have unveiled a new single “Violet”. It’s taken from their forthcoming album, ‘Popular Manipulations’, out August 11th on Fat Possum. “Violet” follows previous singles “Ordinary Day” and “If Before I Wake.”
Rob Grote from the band says, “Lyrically, ‘Violet,’ deals with ideas of possessiveness, intimacy, sex, dependency, and how they’re used manipulatively. Kind of a look at how these things can be beautiful but are also used as devices, usually unconsciously which is the somewhat terrifying part. There is a pervasive thing throughout a lot of classic and modern popular music where ideas of ‘needing’ and referring to a romantic partner with a tone of ownership are normal and poignant lyrical topics. This song was using those same ideas but observing the strangeness in them, rather than celebrating them. Structurally the song reflects that strangeness by restraining and exploding somewhat irregularly.”
The Districts have a huge touring schedule around the release of ‘Popular Manipulations’ including a Cambridge show on September 3rd with tickets on sale here.