Routine Death announce their third album ‘Comrade’ and share the lead single and video, ‘Rundgång’.
Gothenburg-based DIY project Routine Death have announced their third album ‘Comrade’ and have shared the lead single and video, ‘Rundgång’. A piece of washed-out lo-fi dream pop, the track is the first new music from Routine Death since 2019.Introducing a more collaborative side to the project, the newly-announced ‘Comrade’ is set for release September 1st and available to pre-order now on 180g clear vinyl and hand-numbered 180g pink vinyl exclusive to the Fuzz Club store and membership here
Routine Death originally chronicled the joint life of husband-and-wife duo Lisa and Dustin Zozaya as they went from complete separation to integration. The band’s debut, ‘Parallel Universes’ (2018), was recorded entirely at a distance: with Dustin living in Austin TX (where he co-founded and formerly played in Holy Wave) and Lisa in Gothenburg, Sweden. The second effort, ‘2 Weeks to 4 Months’ (2019), reflected the uncertain time dealing with immigration as Dustin prepared to leave the US and having the state involved in an intimate relationship. Now completely based in Gothenburg, Dustin says that ‘Comrade’ marks a whole new chapter for Routine Death: “The original purpose of the project was to give me and Lisa something to do together while we live on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Because we recorded alone, in our respective bedrooms, the songs became an intimate detailing of our time living apart. After I moved to Sweden and our lives came together, there was really no need for the project to continue in the same way.” Going forward, the Zozaya’s sought to expand the project to include other collaborators within the Swedish underground and explore the possibilities to be found in camaraderie.
One of said contributors, Ramo Spatalovic, had this to say about the album’s first single, on which he contributes Swedish vocals: “Rundgång was the first track that Dustin and I collaborated on. The title of the song is a play on words. Rundgång is Swedish for feedback, as in a screeching guitar, or even the feedback or response you get from those in your life. The lyrics in the song rest on this meaning of the word, however they speak of a lack of response. Finally, rundgång can also refer to the repetitive, hamster-wheel of everyday life; a routine, in other words.”