After 9 months of forced incubation from Covid-19, Mothflesh [Malaysia] released it’s latest single, Skyfather.
Embodying the spirit of their punk rock brethren, the band took a DIY approach with the single and recorded as much as they could at home barring vocals and drums which were tracked by Eric Wong (Berdosa, Skits) and JD of award-winning studio 21:05 (Slapshock, Popshuvit).
Skyfather marks the growth from its sophomoric release, Nocturnal Armour, as the introduction of Ranveer pushed the band’s technical capabilities while retaining the signature pendulum of the Mothflesh swing. Upon completion of the recording phase, the track was sent to the UK to be mixed and mastered by Robin Adams who had a recent hand in Architects: Live at The Royal Albert Hall.
Skyfather’s lyrical inspiration coalesced through the stories collected from members of the punk and metal community the band met in the course of The Nocturnal Tour as well as a shared expression of the band’s view on recent cultural shifts in Malaysia’s ethnocentric society.
The 6-minute track follows an archetypal Omnissiah called Skyfather, dreamt up by its followers to create a myopic system that exchanges penance and prayers for post-mortem perpetuity. As the system begins to rot from within, its followers are left lost and disillusioned, desperate for the promise of the Skyfather.
The allegory drawn from Skyfather and the relationship with its followers can be inferred to the surge of false messiahs and the increased saber-rattling caused by hegemonic groups that took advantage of the turbulence from COVID-19.