Oakland’s noise punk, four-piece Shutups work; it’s evident in their output of material. Following five EPs, a full-length album, and a catalog of music videos and visual work, the band are now announcing their new single and video, “NSA (Corporate Holidays),” via Kill Rock Stars.

Shutups—consisting of Hadley, Mia, Bud, and Eric—are built from long-enduring friendships and employ a mix of youthful humor, mixed with heavy, emotional overtones to deliver hook-driven sounds that fluctuate between bombastic noise and subdued intimacy.

Singer/songwriter Hadley talks more about the the new single: “Ever since leaving the reliable schedule of student life, I’ve struggled to lock into any predictable cycle. Summer no longer holds the same joy it once did, and those few weeks surrounding the winter holidays are now spent working extra to save up rent. The occasional rest stop comes in the form of federal holidays, which have been stripped of their original meaning and refaced into marathon mattress clearance events. This song’s kinda about that.”

Drummer Mia Wood further reflects on the lyrics: “The song wears the mask of a fun summer single, the promise of innocence and youth, time off of adult life to adventure, but the lyrics hold a more pessimistic worldview. The title suggests that time itself is an arbitrary construct and examines the irony of working tirelessly in a moment in time when everything is fraught, old systems are collapsing, and society keeps trudging along in the same old trajectory.”

The band will be playing a show at Eli’s Mile High Club following the single release. Check out more details here.

Presave the single here, and watch the video for “NSA (Corporate Holidays)” here:

For more from Shutups, find them on Bandcamp, Facebook, and Instagram.

Photo courtesy of Shutups and Kristy Benjamin


Keegan Williams is a freelance journalist and artist. Keegan is based in Los Angeles, CA and lives quaintly with their hairless cat, two model skeletons, and Furby baby.

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