Fantastic Negrito is back with The Duffler, the second track to be taken from his next album Please Don’t Be Dead.
“The Duffler is a very familiar story… a story about someone having something and not appreciating it until it’s gone, when it’s too late. Given current events, I think America is in that space right now,” says the Grammy winner of the song, which has similar themes to previous single Plastic Hamburgers.
“With everything happening in the world, I wanted to take it head on. Addiction, guns, censorship, over-consumption,” he explained when Plastic Hamburgers was released earlier this year. “I wanted people to feel like this is our song, our rallying cry: let’s tear down the walls that separate us and face who we really are.”
Such weighty subject matter underpins the follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed LP The Last Days Of Oakland, which will be supported by several UK shows around the time of its release on 15th June.
Reveals the musician born Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz: “I wrote this album because I fear for the life of my black son. I fear for the lives of my daughters. I am uncertain about what kind of future they will face. Will someone shoot up their school? Will they become addicted to prescription pills? Will they wind up on the street, sleeping under freeways and overpasses? Will the police murder my son?
“I came up with the name Please Don’t Be Dead because I felt like we’d lost our way as a society — and I know what happens when you chase the wrong things. It’s the story of my life.”
Fantastic Negrito UK tour dates
23rd May: Nottingham, Bodega
24th May: Manchester, Night & Day
30th May: Glasgow, King Tuts
1st June: London, Dingwalls
2nd June: Bristol, Thekla
8th August: Winchester, BoomTown Fair