Minnesota’s Remo Drive have released a new single and video for “Ode to Joy 2”. The song will will appear on the band’s upcoming album, A Portrait of an Ugly Man, which will drop via Epitaph Records on June 26.

Vocalist/guitarist Erik Paulson had this to say about the track,”The Lyrics were inspired by the excess I perceived around me as I transitioned from being a college student into touring full time. Most people who’ve done either can confirm that many social interactions are built around having a drink or smoking weed.”

“Once the honeymoon period of exploration was over for me, I became frustrated with the omnipresence of drugs and alcohol and wanted to write about it.” He concludes, “When I wrote the final version of the lyrics, I tried to connect with how I think when I’m drunk. I always feel as though I’m loving and hating every second of it. This song captures that same ambivalence.”

Keep track of Remo Drive’s streaming and tour schedule, and pre-order A Portrait of an Ugly Man digitally and on vinyl here.

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