MENTAL DISTRESS started in 2013 and their goal has always been to write political songs against all types of discriminations, while keeping the fun side of hardcore punk. Quite soon they recorded their first demo tape, started playing everywhere and be active on the DIY scene as much as possible. After recording a 7” split with their friends from Ed Warner in mid-2016 and releasing their self-titled EP in early 2017, the band had experienced an important change as their singer came out as a trans man. The band took the whole 2018 to focus on writing for their debut LP and after months and months of preparations here we are, giving you the first taste of the whole thing, 17 tracks of fast punk clocking just 23 minutes! Check it out, along with our special feature, and grab it on its official release date on October 4th!
Here’s what the band had to say about the record. Read up, play the whole thing in full and scroll down to see the full track by track breakdown, plus the lyrics, both in French and English.!
“Pas Beaucoup d’Avenir” (“Not Much Future” in french) LP is different than our other records. A fair amount of our texts are now in french, because it’s easier to express our feelings without having to go through the translation stage. Of course the voice changed a lot, making our music less fast but more understandable, though we still love angry music.
This LP was written in 2018, recorded and mixed by our friend Ted Moody, who has recorded absolutely everything we released for now, in a rehearsal room in Strasbourg, between February and May 2019. Mastered by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden East in Oakland, USA.
The vinyl version of the record is being released on 500 orange translucent vinyls through a number of DIY labels: Bright Future – Greece, Crapoulet Records – Marseille, South of France, Dead Punx Records – Belgium, Dirty Guys Rock – Tours, France, Don’t Trust The Hype – Lille, North of France, Hardcore For The Losers – Vienna, Austria, Itawak Records – Strasbourg, East of France, KLVR Records – Dunkerque, North of France, Mon Cul C’est Du Tofu – Britain, West of France, No Way Asso – Nevers, Center of France, and Pasidaryk Pats – Vilnius, Lituania! Tapes are also planned by Bright Future, and the band made some MiniDisc versions for fun. Yay!
The release party for this release will take place on October 12th in Strasbourg, France during the AIM Fest at Molodoï. On October 20, the band will also celebrate the release in Nevers with Gouge Away!
01. Pas Beaucoup d’Avenir
This song is a soft and light one, it’s the intro and the title of our LP, because it depicts ourselves well. Though we’re all way more than the age of legal majority, we won’t ever be the adults the society wants us to be.
02. Mal La Gueule
“j’ai mal la gueule” (rough hangover, literally “I hurt my mug”) is an expression I borrowed from a friend, to which I can relate pretty much. We drink because it feels good in the heat of the moment, and it makes us forget our anxiety. But the comedown is hard and eventually takes us away from our way-out. This song is about the physical and psychological pain of hangovers.
03. Montagne Verte
Montagne Verte is the name of the neighbourhood where I lived in Strasbourg. It’s the area I go through when I come back home cause the outside scares me, it’s the area that distresses me when I must leave the house. Walking these streets, I asked myself the same old 50 questions about my life and how to cope.
This song is for every narcissistic perverts out there in the scene. It’s ok to kick them out of our lives.
(fun fact, we call this song “punk rock” because it ain’t really matching our style and some of us got tired of it. So we removed it from our set after having played it just a couple of times.)
05. Mes Nerfs Cèdent
Before getting to a politicized space, we put up with oppression without being really able to name it. It eats us up and we know we won’t stay calm very long. At this moment we become aware of this fucked system and get that we’ll have to fight to free ourselves from this insidious torture. Thing is, when we burst out, we don’t know the intensity of the revolt and its damage yet. What’s sure though, is that our fight is legit. In this text, “we” means “I”.
06. Ça Viendra Quand Ça Viendra
Totally personal pro-sex song.
07. Je N’Suis Pas Ta Fille
Coming out as trans to your family is in most case something extremely difficult to do. Even if you have the feeling of knowing them really well, you can’t anticipate their reactions. Words or gestures are tough to put up with when they come from people you trust. When I came out, it went neither good nor bad. No violent reaction, but also no effort to accept, or to understand what I just told them. Lyrics may sound rough, but depict quite well the frustration I experienced then.
08. Retrouver Son Corps
A friend once said “In France, when you’re trans, it’s like fighting a 32 ft dragon with a sword and armor made out of cardboard”. Though some laws do exist, nothing’s quite clear and we are forced to struggle hard with administrations if we want to change our name or the biological sex mention on our id card, to start hormonal transition, to undergo surgeries and so on. It takes a considerable amount of time, strength, persistence and institutional knowledge to defend ourselves, which is not given.
Lyrics of this song are fictional, relating to an old dream I made which affected me by being so frustrating.
10. Gamin Blessé
Violence between siblings can affect someone forever. Although these acts were perpetrated by a lost child, it’s hard to forget and to forgive the physical aggressions and humiliations, because it was committed when you’re starting to become your own individual self. These can have some serious consequences as a grown up and it’s hard to bury everything for the perfect family portrait.
11. Schlag et Amoureux
Relationships and love when you’re punk ? Not quite different than for the others. Some days you just wanna stay cosy at home, some days it’s all about having fun together. You’re significant other is your safe place anyway.
12. Girls To The Front
Quick reminder, Punk isn’t meant to reproduce society’s sexism and Xphobia. Concerts are not virilism demonstrations and it seems like some people forget that. It’s called “girls to the front” in reference to Kathleen Hanna, but it’s for all those who find themselves excluded from the front of the crowd because they’re not part of the alpha males. We don’t go to concerts to end up with bruises and to feel like shit from not corresponding to their norms.
13. 5 Balles L’Entrée
A not-so-deep song about our shitty concerts habits. We pay our entry, we have fun, we drink without bothering anyone, and it’s just fine.
This one is the oldest one of the record. At first it was called “I hit the floor” and talked about something very different – breakups actually. But with hindsight I found the lyrics too negative, and decided to write it all over again. “Aluminium” is then about beer, yep. In fact, it’s about its addictive effect and how it fucks our lil brains up. But also that, in the meantime, I didn’t find anything better to be ok.
15. Wir Wollen Kaiserkrone Kaufen (Part II) – feat Jimmy Flamenco
This song was written by Alexander Jimmy Flamenco from Willxsmic.
“Under social pressure and anxiety, it’s easy to fall in the alcohol trap.
Anyway, life’s just an eternal hangover.”
16. Angry Guys
When you are a kid, people teach you to repress your feelings and that you should never cry or you will be the weak one, unwanted by the society. So we are proud to be angry, to be parts of the outcasts, because it would be boring otherwise.
17. Combien De Morts ?
This song speaks for itself, very little things are done to ensure transgender people security and violences are trivialized. It’s important to act fast and the first step is to respect everybody’s identity.