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Indie88 Premiere: Phantom Limb sing of destroying a part of yourself on new single ‘Shave Your Head’

Phantom Limb have shared their new single, “Shave Your Head,” premiering now on Indie88.

The track comes from their forthcoming album, Pastoral, out on November 16th via Earth Libraries. “Shave Your Head” is a gritty tune with experimental instrumental lines and wailing vocals. Weaving in and out of groove-heavy riffs and clanging melodies, this catchy tune is sure to keep you on your toes. This anthemic single is all about having to get rid of a part of yourself in order to focus on the parts of your life that really matter.

“‘Shave Your Head’ is about needing to destroy a part of yourself in order to figure out which parts of life are the most crucial,” Phantom Limb explains. “When I was writing the lyrics to this song, I was stuck in a place where I felt like my daily routine of writing endless emails and working all the time was taking over my personal life. I started having these dreams where I was pulling out my teeth and shaving my head. I felt like I needed to cut off some part of my current self in order to feel normal again, which was scary.”

Listen to “Shave Your Head” below.

“Earlier this year, I moved to Atlanta from Birmingham,” the band’s Andrew Laningham continues. “One of the last nights I was in Birmingham, I hung out with Rolfe (the drummer of Phantom Limb) and we did an I Ching reading (an ancient Chinese divination text). I’m usually not into mysticism, but we did a reading about my move and work/life balance. The reading from the I Ching mentioned shaving your head as a form of sacrifice, which freaked me out. In retrospect, I think what I was trying to get at with the lyrics of ‘Shave Your Head’ was sometimes you have to sacrifice a part of yourself that you thought was foundational in order to recenter and figure out what’s really important.”

Laningham produced the forthcoming album, Pastoral. With a background in experimental/noise music and free improvisation, this record will come packed with sounds you’ve never heard before.

Check out the tracklist for Pastoral below.

Pastoral Tracklist:

01 – “Pastoral I”
02 – “In Death”
03 – “Maddog (In Eb)”
04 – “Larry’s Theme”
05 – “Guppy”
06 – “Dumbo Returns”
07 – “Still Ruling the Room (Vince Foster)”
08 – “Shave Your Head”
09 – “Trebek”
10 – “Hobby Lobby”
11 – “Twins”
12 – “Pastoral II”

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