I think we mostly have coastal rap to thank for this, but there’s no shortage of music decrying the everyday evils of LA and NY’s police departments. While I’m sure Chicago PD gets plenty of much deserved flak too, there’s something to be said of the police forces elsewhere spanning the Midwest routinely doing casual evil shit you’ve only ever seen movie villains do. With their new single “Eat Sleep,” Louisville natives Deady take aim at their local law enforcement with a searing energy and relatable fury that could really be applied nationally, if not globally.
“As Louisville natives, disdain for the systems of police brutality and rage regarding ignorant internet commentary shaped ‘Eat Sleep,’” shares the group’s vocalist Mandy Keathley of the track, which specifically implies how raging against our failing system has become a daily routine for most of us, much in the same way that system’s day-to-day work involves sparring with those they’ve been hired to quote-unquote protect and serve. “The fast-paced banger instrumental gave a perfect space for spilling our guts with ACAB energy. The police should be defunded, the prison system is flawed, and we have to keep yelling about it.”
The track threads the needle between the playful pop-grunge of Exploding in Sound groups like Sharkmuffin or Shady Bug and a heavier hardcore-punk influence, while Keathley’s vocals touch on the off-the-rails sounds of riot grrrl. Listen for yourself below.