Rip Room Debut “Dead When It Started” Off The Upcoming Album ‘Alight and Resound’

San Francisco art-punk trio Rip Room has unveiled “Dead When It Started” the next single off the upcoming album Alight and Resound, which comes out on May 27 via Spartan Records.

“‘Dead When It Started’ is a good intro to Rip Room for the uninitiated: it’s an indictment disguised as a dance song. If the height of human interaction is the sum of our institutions plus the current state of social media, then our ability to solve real problems quickly approaches zero. The system is rigged! And worse, our tools for communication are essentially games that demand our attention and little else (and if it’s not clear, I count myself among the implicated here). Contrary to the lyrics, the tune is super fun! It’s maybe the most accessible song on the record, which makes the disconnect from the lyrics a bit cheeky. I remember the main riff sort of materialized out of thin air, and aside from the proggy breaks, it’s basic pop. That’s Gracie pounding on a car fender with a hammer before the outro, and there’s a ton of the Bass Rhodes on this track which makes it extra beefy,” says Singer-guitarist John Reed.