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Exclusive: The Great Discord Make Looney Tunes Dark in The Red Rabbit

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Just over a month ago, I wrote a post where I spoke about my love of Sweden’s The Great Discord, the self-proclaimed “progressive death pop” group that released 2015’s astonishing album Duende (trust me and go listen to it if you haven’t).

Since then, I’ve been eagerly awaiting follow-up full-length release, which was recently announced in the form of The Rabbit Hole. Coming out September 8th via The Sign Records (pre-order here), the album is the band’s take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, a foundation upon which many incredible stories have been told. The band already released the phenomenal single “Darkest Day” and today we’re thrilled to premiere the video for “The Red Rabbit”, the sixth track from The Rabbit Hole.

Directed by Joakim Sjöholm, the video opens and closes with direct nods to “Looney Tunes” while the imagery between those bookends is nothing short of nightmarish. Featuring a demented and perverse tea party, several rabbit outfits, and more than a few carrots, this video is as surreal as Carroll’s original story.

While “Darkest Day” felt epic and had moments of wondrous beauty, “The Rabbit Hole” is mean, ugly, and strangely sinister. If The Great Discord is going to tell their own version of Alice in Wonderland, these two songs prove that not are they only willing to take such an iconic subject matter head on but that they will use it to create something that’s unique unto themselves and is 100% memorable.

Lyrics:

Fia:
Divisions of wills and wants
A lingering thought that haunts
See it lurk in the shadows – Closing in
You’re licking your fingers now
A gratuitous laugh and mockery
We’re an easy target
For the likes of you

Ire:
No – I make the rules – You want it?
(You stretch your greedy hands towards us but all you get is pain)
Would you like a taste? Well, you can’t have it – You’re being lustful
Oh – I’ll make it rain – You want it?
(I have nothing to offer you)
But still you’re craving more – Well, you can’t have it – You’re being lustful

Fia & others:
We feel no fear – we’ll hold our hands
The time draws near – we’ll close our eyes
And march together completely blind
Drink up your cup, let’s all fall down – run

Ire:
Hop – Hop – Hop – Down into the rabbit hole
Hop – Hop – Hop – Down into the rabbit hole you go

You’re licking your fingers now
Salivating and chattering
Teeth skin deep – Show your teeth and dive right in
Teeth skin deep – Jeering mouth devouring

Yes – I’ll give you everything you’ve ever wanted
(you retch and twist and flail and fall and fumble with your words)
You’d still like a taste? Well you can’t have it – You’re being childish
Oh – Just take the pain – you know you want it
(let me go and fetch my whip)
But still you beg for more – Now you can have it

Down boy – I’ll only tell you once
Down boy – Don’t dare to move in closer to me
I said down boy – Don’t think you didn’t bring this on yourself
I said down boy

Fia & others:
We feel no fear – we’ll hold our hands
The time draws near – we’ll close our eyes
And march together completely blind
Drink up your cup, let’s all fall down – run

Ire:
Hop – Hop – Hop – Down into the rabbit hole
Hop – Hop – Hop – Down into the rabbit hole you go

The Great Discord online:
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Art by Mattias Frisk

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Photo by Davis Einar