Bad History Month Battles the Putrid Zombie Hands of Shame on “Death Takes a Holiday”

The track arrives ahead of ​​Sean Sprecher’s forthcoming split with Nyxy Nyx, dropping October 29 via Exploding in Sound.

It’s that time of year again when we gather together to put on campy body horror movies about experimental therapy and homicidal rage babies only to find, post-credits, that at least one person in your viewing party has inexplicably broken down in tears upon unconsciously relating to the near-subliminal source material for the film—mental illness, divorce, and a brutal custody battle—without entirely realizing it. It’s this allegorical form of storytelling that Sean Sprecher taps on his Halloween-weekend-released split with Nyxy Nyx titled Death Takes a Holiday, with the title track arriving today that pairs the familiar grunge-inspired slowcore of Sprecher’s Bad History Month project with lyrics personifying shame in an aptly haunting light.

“I wanted to try and write about unhappiness without a happy ending for once, but I didn’t quite pull it off,” he shares of the song, which he notes was inspired by his split-mate on the forthcoming record. “I do love talking shit though, and personifying shame as putrid, grasping zombie hands feels like a pretty good insult. This one’s got some cool sounds. I was sitting out back mixing and the birds were magnified through the headphones and almost in time with the song, so I recorded and chopped ’em. It also features the best distorted bongo solo I ever took, too. Bless this mess.”

It’s a good mess—listen below, and pre-order the split here.

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