It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the shapeshifting East Coast punk troupe You, Me, and Everyone We Know (though a release from last December assured us that they are, in fact, alive). It makes sense, then, that their new single seems to compress nearly a decade of therapy and comedy (Ram Dass and Pete Holmes get name-dropped as inspirations in their press materials, if not their song titles) into a fiery three-minute punk tune enlisting Mannequin Pussy bassist and vocalist Bear Regisford to contribute backing shouts. “draggedacrossconcrete” nearly matches the intensity of the film it shares a name with, not to mention the quirk of the movie from which the band kind of takes its title.
“Sometimes you’re angry and sad and desperate and dealing with a flimsy grip on reality all at the same time,” YM&EWK ringleader Benjamin Liebsch shares. “Before realizing our basic goodness and how essential we all are to existence, I doubted I would ever feel a sense of belonging anywhere likely due to being taught to feel a sort of shame for existing. There was—and is, now and again—a scream inside me that I felt would kill me if I ever let it out, and yet sometimes at the same time there are no words. I hope this explains the chorus.”
Of linking up with Regisford, Liebsch adds, “He is a mythical person in near mint condition with no abrasions.”
Watch the lyric video for the new track below.