New Orleans no-wave punks Special Interest have returned with a new single, ‘(Herman’s) House’, their first for Rough Trade Records. It comes with a video directed by Special Interest and Juicebox Burton alongside vocalist Alli Logout. Watch and listen below.
‘(Herman’s) House’ is inspired by the story of Herman Wallace, one of three Black revolutionaries who were held for more than four decades in solitary confinement while imprisoned at Louisiana State Penitentiary. “Despite the sadistic torture they endured, they continued their fight towards Black liberation behind the prison walls,” Logout and Maria Elena said in a statement. “This song bears witness to our wonder and desire to dismantle the oppressive systems that hinder our possibilities towards true liberation, to annihilate, to destroy and to rebuild with one another. It’s a battle cry for dreamers who persist in spite of and because. This song moves us and it grooves us towards this end, may we go forward but not by ourselves.”
A limited edition 7” will be available on July 15, inspired by the original 1970s Rough Trade designs and sold for the original Rough Trade 7” price point of 85p. The B-side features a cover of Amanda Lear’s ‘Follow Me’.