myclownshoes – “Temptation Is a Weapon”


“Temptation Is a Weapon” is a fantastic return for Louisville-based band myclownshoes, who immerse with an ardent rock sound here following a nearly five-year hiatus. The single is part of their newly released sophomore album Tantrum, and represents a notable aesthetical shift — from lusher R&B inclinations into a rousing alt-rock passion. Per the band, the track “delves into the complexities of a forbidden attraction and religious guilt for wanting someone carnally.”

An angst-y momentum, with heady guitar distortion and fervent vocals, drives into the title-referencing escalation. “I’ll take this lovesick straight to hell,” they further convey in the ensuing verses, commanding a grungy nostalgia into the elongated “sucker punch,” vocal immersion. The “you ask too many questions,” bass-y bridge hypnotizes in its striking tonal switch-up, cohesively arriving back into the feverish “temptation is a weapon,” hook; the track is a fantastic showcase in rock-forward invigoration from myclownshoes.

Stream Tantrum in full:

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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