Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst is known for delivering honesty in his songs. And on two new tracks with his old punk band, Desaparecidos, the group’s first new material in a decade, he’s wearing his rage on his sleeve. While he is no stranger to a folk-driven fight against immigration laws, he is speaking out this time in the form of angst-y punk tunes.
“MariKKKopa” is told from the perspective of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s racial-profiling posse. Oberst told the Huffington Post that he feels the track is “ugly and hurtful,” just like Arpaio. “Backsell” also dishes some brutally political lyrics: “The cash cow killed itself, so we’re looking for the next one.”
While “Backsell” is streaming on Alternative Press, you can check out “MariKKKopa,” as well as the dates for Desaparecidos’ short West Coast tour, below.
Tour Dates For Desaparecidos:
08/09 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar #
08/11 – Omaha, NE – Maha Music Festival
08/25 – Seattle, WA – Showbox At The Market %
08/26 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom %
08/28 – Chico, CA – Senator Theatre ^
08/29 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom ^
09/02 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest