It’s been a while since we’ve heard from SikTh. The djent progenitors (prodjentitors?) are releasing their first full length record in 11 years on June 2nd, and while we’ve heard “No Wishbones” from the forthcoming album, The Future in Who’s Eyes?, today they’ve released another song, the almost commercial “Golden Cufflinks.” If you’re a fan of System of a Down, you’ll definitely dig this song, which has a universal meaning. Frontman Mikee Goodman was dismayed by music venues getting shut down, and that’s what the song is about. Here’s what he said in a press release about the new video, which he directed:
“When I wrote the lyrics for ‘Golden Cufflinks,’ they were initially inspired by the amount of live music venues that are being closed and a feeling that rock culture is in decline. The venue which sticks out to me the most is the famous London Astoria. Some of the best SikTh shows were in the LA2 and main Astoria. I went a lot as a fan as well. So when that was closed and knocked down to make way for Crossrail, it really was a sad and defining moment in rock history for me and many others.
I think places of such rich history and cultural importance should be protected and preserved. I see this happening across the country and world — so many other venues being shut down and how scenes and golden eras come and go. How we have to move along or do it seems.
You see the business men buying up cities to turn them into the most profitable and bland form. It follows a similar theme from our song ‘Bland Street Bloom‘ from ‘Death Of A Dead Day.’ This happens in many cities; it is not just about London. ‘Golden Cufflinks‘ is a reflection and commentary of this kind of happening.”
The Future In Whose Eyes? will be released on June 2nd on Peaceville and can be preordered here.