Everyone has been getting stoked on the latest full-length record from budding Colorado pop-punk powerhouse Plasma Canvas. KILLERMAJESTIC is out this Friday, June 12, via Side One Dummy Records. They gave us a track-by-track rundown of what the record is all about.
1. “KILLERMAJESTIC” – BOOM! Here we are. Deal with it. “KILLERMAJESTIC” is a re-recording of the opening track on our first full-length. The whole song is sort of one giant exclamation point, both lyrically and sonically. It was the first song written specifically for the band. The original name of the song was “Plasma Canvas,” but I decided that those words very accurately described what I wanted the entire project to be overall. I called the band Plasma Canvas after the idea of making a painting out of blood, since it felt like I was sort of putting all my deepest vulnerabilities and insecurities out there for everyone to see, for better or worse.
2. “Rot” – This song almost sounded completely different. I wrote it to be this long, slow, spacey, introspective sad-fest about how low I was feeling. Every time I played it, it felt like something was missing, and I realized that it was missing some urgency. So, I took the same lyrics and made the song fast and loud. It ended up being a catchy little number about suicidal ideations! The song feels more hopeful to me now that it’s faster. It’s about maintaining some basic, primitive part of yourself that wills itself to keep surviving out of spite, if nothing else.
3. “Saturn” – “What does being 28 even mean? In this essay, I will …” Saturn is for everyone who’s doing their best to be just a liiiiiiittle bit less sucky of a person. It’s about knowing that there are parts of yourself that you should work on and how tedious it is to confront them continuously. It’s also about how while you can hope that someone notices the progress you’re making, the real motivation has to be what you want for yourself and what you’re willing to do to get there. I wrote it to remind myself to stay focused on the effort and not the outcome.
4. “Firecracker” – It’s a song about being a gay woman and having a passing crush on a girl who mainly likes guys. It was inspired by the unique kind of suckiness that comes with knowing that a relationship is just not meant to be, and it’s no one’s fault. It’s a tribute to those intense-but-fleeting-but-inten
5. “Flux” – I have worked factory jobs since I was 18 years old, and I’m almost 30. I’m so sick of going to bed and waking up sore every day. I’m so tired of daydreaming about highways and stage lights while I try to keep pace with an assembly line. So over coming up with guitar riffs and lyrics in my head and forgetting them by the time I get home and have a chance to write them down.
I’m tired of always feeling like I’m in-between. Like there’s something I’m working toward, but it’s too far away to see. “Flux” is about that sort of hopeless ennui that anyone who’s ever worked a 12-hour day will understand. It’s about that desperate sense of knowing that you’re stuck under capitalism’s boot and being too tired at the end of the day to protest. It’s a song for all the dropouts like me who will continue to dream of something better than where we are right now, even if it’s a long way off.