It's time for new Misery Index, so prepare your neck for potential injuries. The band is streaming their first new record in five years titled Rituals Of Power right now, which is also out today. Bassist and vocalist Jason Netherton tells Kerrang! the new record deals loosely with the concept of truth in modern society, and how people think it's more bendable than it is.
There’s kind of a loose concept to it, which is about this idea of truth. There’s talk about how this is the post-truth era, and people think truth is malleable and they can decide it for themselves. Then what’s real and what isn’t comes into question, and that’s a dangerous path that’s been taken in the past few years. I think it’s unhealthy for a democracy, and a civilization. All the songs in one way or another touch on that, some more than others. New Salem talks about it through our media systems, and what media’s done to public discourse. The song Rituals Of Power takes a more historical view of the way truth is used to reinforce different power relations throughout history. That’s the one unifying thread throughout the record, and it’s a commentary on where we are now in history.