The single itself was a product of a highly productive recording stint with legendary Australian producer Mark Opitz, the single is a perfect antidote for our times – it’s a vicious attack on mindless consumerism, self-wealth obsession and denial of social responsibility.
“San Fran arose from our anger about the filthy rich, ill-intentioned leaders of the world and their way of dumbing down the population and over-medicating the young and promoting excessive materialism”, explains El, who takes lead vocals on the single.
San Fran is an evolved example of the powerful punk rock sound that Mannequin Death Squad offered on their recent singles Honey Punch and Blue, releases that saw them receive airplay on Josh Merriel’s Short.Fast.Loud punk and hardcore show on triple j and on numerous community stations across Australia and the UK.
The sonic assault of Mannequin Death Squad is all the more remarkable with the unholy racket being generated by just Dan and El, alternating on drums, guitar and vocals, creating a huge sound that brings to mind panoramic rock sounds bursting out of a claustrophobic, tight space – the impact is volcanic!
On working with Mark Opitz, a famed producer responsible to records by Australian icons such as Divinyls, AC/DC, INXS, Cold Chisel, The Angels and Hoodoo Gurus, MDS’s Dan comments, “He is totally down to earth and a calming presence in the studio. The main focus was on performing the song and making it believable. The process of nailing the arrangement and feel of the track was up there with the most enjoyable moments we have spent in the studio as musicians”.
Recently linking up with leading booking agents Harbour Agency, Mannequin Death Squad intend taking the show on the road for the rest of 2019, blazing a path of destruction through the self-satisfied conservative landscape.