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Pupil Slicer Drop New Video and Three-Song Single


Mathcore upstarts Pupil Slicer kicked off 2021 as the hype band of the moment, social network chatter aflutter with talk of the band’s visceral blend of old-school Botch/Dillinger-style chaotic skronk and a death metal sensibility. Only a couple of seasons later, the band is keeping the hype train rolling with a video for “Collective Unconscious,” the closing track on this year’s album Mirrors, as well as a three-song single of the same name.

Vocalist/guitarist Kate Davies commented of the song:

“The song is about coming to terms with being trans and the amount of vitriol and unconscious bias in society around it, as well as my own internalised transphobia. Basically, after realising I was trans there wasn’t any way to un-learn that fact, so there was only one option: going forward despite knowing how hard things could be.

“The idea of the majority of society being conditioned from birth to laugh at and dismiss everything about trans people, and there being no willingness to learn about struggles or to try to help. The way most media paints trans people is as sexual predators, just plain delusional or a threat to everyone around them.

“A way of coping became dissociation; disconnecting from what people say and how you feel, so that the negativity can’t affect you as much, distancing yourself from your own feelings as much as you can so that you don’t feel anything either way.”

In addition to the title track, the single features a live performance of “Mirrors Are More Fun Than Television” (also from Mirrors) and a previously released cover of Converge‘s “Concubine.”

Watch the video for “Collective Unconscious” below and stream all three songs here.

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