Brooklyn’s Typhoid Rosie are gearing up to release their fourth full-length studio album, Queen of Swords, initially recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in preparation, have treated fans with the title track of the record, out now.
The new record is slated for release August 13 and features gang vocals by special guests: Coolie Ranx (Pilfers), Jenny Whiskey and Rob George (Hub City Stompers), Becky Lynn Blanca (Penny Matches), and Jay Prozac (the Prozacs).
Singer Rosie relayed some insight around the background and inspirations surrounding “Queen of Swords.”
“Sometimes, you just gotta cut a motherfucker out of your life. Your survival, evolution, and the growth of your soul may one day depend upon whether or not you can turn your back on toxic situations. Those of you who dabble in tarot know that the Queen of Swords is not to be fucked with. She is the kind of person you want on your side. She is very loving until you put her in a position where she must choose between toxicity and her own self-love—she will always choose herself. I’m not encouraging you to go cutting everyone out of your life, but sometimes, you really have to.”
She says that, just because you might have good intent and want to trust someone’s intentions, that isn’t always reciprocated, and people need to pay attention in that regard.
“Like the airline safety cards say, ‘Your oxygen mask first,’ so if that means packing your bags in the middle of the night and leaving a toxic situation, behavior, or person behind—it might save your life one day.”
She continues, “And if you need a little help a long the way, I wrote this song to get you through. I have overcome a great deal of pain and tragedy in my life, and if I could tell you two words that I needed to hear, in my greatest hour of need —those words are: ‘Get up.’ When you don’t think you will make it, those are the only words you need. I want you to see yourself in the boxing ring of life, and I want you to scream these words like your life depended on it. May this song be just the rocket fuel you need.”
Stream the title track for Typhoid Rosie’s upcoming LP, Queen of Swords, below: