Taken from their new album 1st Congregational Church Of Eternal Love (and free hugs), Whatever it is (I’m against it) is the brand new single from a re-energised Kula Shaker, and we’re delighted to be able to share the accompanying video for the track exclusively here on Backseat Mafia this morning.
The song is a rollicking slice of indie rock, with just that little but of the psychedelic in there for good measure. It stutters and swaggers, all big guitar riffs and slacker rock stylings, with Crispian’s vocal perfect for something so immediate. If you recognise the lyrics, they’re taken from Groucho Marx’s satirical songs, performed first in 1932’s Horse Feathers. The track is credited to the original lyricists Bert Kalmer, Harry Ruby as well as Crispian Mills. As Crispian exclusively told us “It was inspired by Groucho Marx’s satirical lyrics in the 1932 film Horse Feathers, which was released slap bang in the middle of Prohibition and the Great Depression. Not unlike today, they saw lots of hypocritical politicians and big businessmen moralising about the greater good while stealing from everyone. The Marx Brothers really took the piss. Groucho’s basically saying ‘Be ungovernable’.”
Check it out, here
The release of 1st Congregational Church Of Eternal Love and Free Hugs will be followed by live dates in July which see the band embark on their first UK tour for 6 years, playing the following shows:
Tuesday 5 July Glasgow, Old Fruitmarket
Wednesday 6 July Manchester, Albert Hall
Friday 8 July London, Alexandra Palace Theatre