Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have joined forces with Lynks for the tenacious new single, ‘Go Get A Tattoo’.
This track is one of the collaborations that appears on The Rattlesnakes upcoming album, Sticky, which arrives on October 15th. The anthemic, ‘My Town’ with Idles’ Joe Talbot came earlier this year, and there’s also a compelling appearance from Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie on the closing track, ‘Original Sin’.
‘Go Get A Tattoo’ is Carter’s caustic way of dealing with the frustration of the pandemic, which forced him to shut down his first tattoo parlour, Rose of Mercy. Instead of crying about the unfortunate situation, The Rattlesnakes turn it into a feral and wild song that doesn’t take itself seriously.
“Irreverent is a good word for that song,” Carter commented. “I’d worked my entire life to get to the point of getting a shop, and I’d finally achieved it, and I couldn’t even open the doors. So yes, when this is over, I need everyone to come and get a tattoo.”
Meanwhile, queer electro-punk underground icon Lynks added, “It is bloody irreverent actually. I mean I’m literally here singing about tattoos with not a single one on my body. Am I a poser? Probably. But the song still bangs. I’m so used to singing over bleeps and bloops and shit, so when Frank coerced me into becoming a rock and roll star I was initially hesitant. But now I’m fully converted. I think I’m gonna burn the synths and invest in a Stratocaster or 2.”
On the track, Carter makes it clear that it’s time to move on from the past eighteen months, as he defiantly sings on the closing verse, “I want tequila on the rocks, I want the keys to all the locks, I never want a lockdown ever again.”
The last eighteen months has provided a flurry of songs subtly influenced by this testing period. This new sub-genre of songs have emerged, and they are either mournful or hopeful. Thankfully, ‘Go Get A Tattoo’ fits into the latter and is a thrilling way to spend two and a half minutes.
The sizzling collaboration provides a shot of optimism about the good times that lie ahead, and the hedonistic energy on display will leave you sprinting down to get inked at your local tattoo shop.