Nothing says horror like a bright sunny Los Angeles day, with fried contrasted colors and throbbing drum. IRONTOM nailed the aesthetic perfectly with an instigating a new single, "Con Artist."
The line is somewhere between a post-apocalyptic world and "A Nightmare on Elm Street," and the vibe is grotesque but fun all in one. The absolutely explosive, but simultaneously feet-dragging new single rings elements of Depeche Mode, Cage the Elephant and Viagra Boys. Sarcastically dark and futuristically nostalgic, "Con Artist" is an instant post-punk classic. Taking maximalism to a whole different level, the single and its music video make references to the Golden Days of Old California, namedropping and scattering visual cues from Scientology to Hitchcock.
The creative product from an 80-day starvation retreat, "Con Artist" comments on the bizarre, whirlwind nature of the state of the world–although, the bizarreness of the track itself makes it difficult to focus on one single message, but even this feels like an intentional choice from the evil master minds of IRONTOM. Living in a culture where the only way to stay sane is to use noises drown out noises, "Con Artist" captures a kind of hopelessness that others have obliviously avoided.