Patriot Child (2018)
Patriot Child is Lilou & John’s fourth release and second EP. The album was the result of Lilou’s wish to record a punk album and John’s wish to write about the upcoming protest movements around Europe and North America. According to John the album is a journey through “the fascinating mindset of radicals and revolutionaries.”
The album increased the band’s international fame and was reviewed by major indie site Punk Online who described it as “punk-art”. Another big music site, Death Metal Underground, called the band “nearly indescribable”, while Swedish Nya Tider wrote about “manic song” and “furious lyrics”. The vocal was also mentioned by KFJC 89.7 FM who called it “mesmerizing”, “fascinating in a harrowing manner” and concluded that “Lilou sings to defy both multinational corporations and conventional musical keys.” Motpol decided that the band was characterized by the ability to play with “perspectives and symbols and be one with them beyond good and evil,” Amerika wrote that the music created “an atmosphere of gritty, city-oriented noise” and Midgård simply referred to the band as “Two crazy Swedes.”
Psychotic Snowflake Anthem
“Psychotic Snowflake Anthem” was originally written as a retrospective story about John’s experiences of psychotic paranoia during his university years. “The university is a universe of its own”, he says, “where the outside world seizes to exist and everything is translated into diagrams and theories that have strong similarity with psychosis.” Having been threatened by a group of skinheads at the time added to John’s paranoia. He wanted to describe the constant fear and shifting of emotions, the conspiratory thinking and nightmares about the world’s end. Lilou added her most harrowing voice to give life to the song and to put emphasis on the lack of control of the narrator. The riffing guitars were meant to symbolize the staggering mentality of someone who is pushing herself over the edge of insanity, where nothing is stable but pulsating with extreme intensity. Finally, the drums gave the song a different character than was intended, as the reggae-beat turned it into an even more weird mix.
“Petrodollar Wars” started out as a song about the My Lai massacre and was written late one night in 2017 and Lilou gave the text its characteristic primal energy just a few days later. During the autumn of 2017, as the Syrian civil war raged on and the interference of foreign powers became more and more obvious, the song title, originally “Purgatory”, was changed into “Petrodollar Wars” to make it match the revolutionary approach of the album. The song is a deep dive into the mental world of a mercenary made cynical by war and his attempt to distance himself from his own actions.
Petrodollar Wars (Nerve War Mix)
“Petrodollar Wars” was remixed by American industry-metal artist Nerve War and released as a single on February 19, 2018. The result was an aggressive “anti-dance” production that matched very well the whole idea of the song.
Enemy of the Matrix
“Enemy of the Matrix” saw the light early one morning when Lilou woke up in bed with a melody in her head. She used the cell phone to record the first epic words “I can see you, I can feel you, I can breath you mortalkind”. John wrote an entire song based on those words with the intention of exploring the mental landscape of ancient Scandinavians that created the old viking god Odin. Lilou and John wanted to describe the strong religious emotions that surrounded the worship and what he might have meant for the world view of that era.
“Generation Identitaire” was written after a reading of Markus Willinger’s poetic and furious manifesto “Generation Identity – a declaration of war against the 68ers”. Lilou gave the song a melody that turned it into a “pop song with rock guitars” according to John. Lilou wanted to “give the chorus a real punchline and to make the audience feel as if they are aboard an airplane lifting.” The chorus synth pad had the same function and the song was long intended as the centerpiece of the album.
“Patriot Child” was called “The Making of a Skin” before the name was changed to the title it has today. John wrote the song to describe his own childhood fury and is basically a new version of the old father-and-mother killing story. The idea was to describe the huge anger that turned boys in the 1980s into skinheads and that made them direct their anger against what they perceived as a petty-bourgeoisie society that gave them nothing but trouble and a place at the bottom of society. The song was re-written on several occasions to pinpoint the rejection of middle class values by the revolutionary wing of the modern far right in an attempt to describe the emotional core that once created the skinhead culture.