Putrid Things is about social construction, repression, and identity. The song talks about being overwhelmed and swallowed by the world, by bureaucracy, by expectations, by capitalism, and tries to hint to the listener that the little voice in the back of your head that tells you that this is not ok is right. That your fears are true, the things you think are lies are indeed lies. You are a cog in a machine, hell-bent on working you to death.
CNJR comments: “The music video centers around a character who is struggling with this. He is battling his insecurities with being queer, with wearing makeup, he is confronted by a number of other characters who have been ‘infected’ by the system, each who represents a different part of the system, like work for example is represented by a businessman with a briefcase. The main character is trying to escape the system as it progressively gets closer to swallowing him.”
New album I Can See The Church Burning Through The Binoculars is out now and can be ordered here from Future Archive Recordings, an artist-run label founded by CNJR, Sun Glitters, Arms and Sleepers, and Little People.