The two tracks are “new,” but the band has been playing them since its secret show debut almost a year ago.
“Anonymous” is a rabid return to form: more crashes than an earthquake as the band rams from verse to verse and into a chorus saluting the hacking group Anonymous: “You can’t stop us!/We are anonymous!” Conor Oberst’s vocals are best when he’s emotionally howling out the lyrics like he does in this track.
“Left is Right” is another great track, which features a familiar melody style and a tribute to the Occupy movement: “When we pitch our tents on the statehouse steps/Now we’re takin’ it/Now we’re takin’ it back/Now we’re takin’ it/Now we’re takin’ it back/For the greater good/G** D*** Robin Hoods,” and a great line about “taking baseball bats to the limousines.”
I’ve been hoping Desaparecidos would finally release these new songs. (Pre-order them starting tomorrow at the band’s web store.) I now wonder if they’ll put out a proper release or they’ll just keep dropping these singles and EPs, which is a direction a lot of musicians think things are going anyway.
The band is on tour right now in Europe before it hits the east coast for a tour that takes them through the end of February.