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Prism Tats


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    Death Or Fame
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    Never Been Shy
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    Pacifist Masochist
With the 2016 self-titled debut of Prism Tats, South African transplant Garett van der Spek introduced the world to his moody and intelligent, psych-inflected take on post-punk.
After spending a year on the road in North America—including support slots with indie-rock icons like Guided By Voices and Nada Surf —the L.A.-based artist quickly headed back into the studio to begin work on a more concept-driven and thematically ambitious batch of songs.
2017 saw the band release a handful of singles and the five-song EP 11:11, which explored unsettling themes of self-inflicted isolation, working-class hopelessness, and the emotional damage of technology addiction; March 2018 will bring the release on Anti- Records of a new full-length Prism Tats album, Mamba.
Of the album title, van der Spek notes: “It’s the name of a venomous snake, and in my home town it’s a slang term for the biggest or meanest of something.” As he explains, the word mamba ultimately embodies the sense of both fear and defiance threaded throughout the record and especially evident in its epic title track. “The song is partly about letting go of that fear. When I say ‘Give me the mamba,’ I mean ‘Give me the whole experience’: the good and the bad and everything else that might exist in between.”


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