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Kaonashi Spread Their Wings With “Blood Red Camry Dance Party”

Photo by Joseph Flannery

Kaonashi are the sort of band that makes the scene as incredible and expressive as it is. One part chaotic post-hardcore band, one part dense and lore-filled storytellers, they are a special prospect that get more and more fascinating with every release. Their last full-length Dear Lemon House, You Ruined Me: Senior Year was released in 2021 and continued the story of Jamie B. Moore, Casey Diamond, Morgan Montgomery that they started with their 2018 EP Why Did You Do It?. And now they are continuing that story with a track centred around one of those characters and a particular moment in their life.

That song is called “Blood Red Camry Dance Party” and is about Casey buying her first car. The music reflects not just how this felt for her but also a sonic shift for Kaonashi. In place of the crushing and cathartic howls and gripping instrumentals they usually churn out, it is softer and more melodic. This allows the words being sung to be absorbed even deeper. And with that, your appreciation for what Kaonashi are capable of grows stronger.

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The band had this to say about the track and what it represents to them:

“With ‘Blood Red Camry Dance Party, ’ we wanted to write something specific for Casey Diamond, a fictitious high schooler introduced in our 2018 release Why Did You Do It?. The song illustrates Diamond buying her first car from the counselor of Lemon House, the high school she attends. It’s a very happy and exciting moment, so we wanted the music and lyrics to reflect that feeling. Matching the music to the character was a big goal for expanding upon our sound and the story. We’ve always considered Kaonashi to be a progressive band, and this is a progression of our sound.”

The song follows on from “I Hate The Sound Of Car Keys“, which dropped last year. It also focuses on a particular character in the story. It also demonstrates Kaonashi at their most bludgeoning:

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