Ohtis are releasing their album The Curve Of The Earth through Full Time Hobby on March 29th. If you've followed the story behind previous songs 'Runnin' and 'Settling', you'll know that in their music they are reckoning with the destructiveness of singer Sam Swinson's years of addiction. New song 'Pervert Blood' is not much different, except perhaps even heavier when you hear the story behind it:

"After a very unpleasant encounter with a drug dealer, I left his house with a small bag of coke hoping it might be enough to stroke out and overdose. It was late, the sun was coming up but the sky was cloudy and rainy off and on. I took what I had to some woods by a lake on the edge of town and fixed up a shot, but I spilled too much water in the cap and it was too weak to overdose. So I drove back to my friend Zack’s parent’s house in Bloomington, IL who were letting me live in their basement.

"The kind of shame I was feeling was life threatening, but I went into the bathroom where the acoustics are good and started singing. I was crying so much my whole face was wet and my throat felt hot. I was still pretty high.

"I wrote it then and sang into the handheld recorder my little sister’s boyfriend Michael had given me. For many years he was very supportive of our music, but he died of addiction last year. I remember him often and think of the millions of other people who died heroically in a losing battle, so I don’t have to. Eventually Adam and Nate tracked over that recording and we used it on the album, which explains the poor sound quality of the vocals and guitar.

It was a confession to a god I knew wouldn’t save me. On the contrary, He has a record of incinerating whole wicked cities and will turn you into a pillar of salt just for peeking back to see what happened. I cursed Him to see what would happen. Nothing did. I knew for sure I was mentally ill."

The recording quality fits perfectly with the dejection of the song, and the bottoming-out nature of what Swinson is singing about. Nevertheless, the additional recordings by bandmates Adam Pressley and Nate Hahn give it a sheen and beauty that somehow makes the confession "the truest thing you'll ever hear me say: I have forsaken anyone who ever gave a damn about me," even more crushing.

Ohtis' The Curve Of The Earth comes out March 29th on Full Time Hobby (pre-order), and they'll be playing this year's End Of The Road.