Indie88 Premiere: Blackout Balter share new single ‘Chongqing’

'ANIMAL' is set for release on October 2

While gearing up for the release of their forthcoming album ANIMAL, which is set for release on October 2nd, Blackout Balter have shared a new single called “Chongqing.”

“This song seems a bit different for us,” Blackout Balter frontman Phil Cohen explains. “It seems poppier, almost Ramones-esq when I listen to the recording. It also has a bit of the call-and-response aesthetic that I pushed hard in our song ‘Wild One.’ This song isn’t really a story–it’s a collection of feelings. Chongqing is one of China’s 10 largest cities. Over the past 5 or so years, between our last EP Twist and Bend and our forthcoming LP ANIMAL, I spent a lot of time on the ground in China.”

The raucous new track comes packed with anthemic vocal lines, driven guitar riffs, and a catchy drum beat. “Chongqing” is an energetic tune that’s sure to get right in your veins with its infectious melodies.

Listen to “Chongqing” below.

“I love China; and I really care about the culture and people,” Cohen continues. “To me, this song represents some of the very complex feelings and emotions I have about China.”