“It’s an imaginary dialogue between two characters, which could either be myself or people I know,” Cole explains of the song. “I spent six months in several different rehab facilities at the beginning of 2017. I was living with other addicts. Being a recovering addict myself, there are a lot of questions like, ‘Who are we? What is this disease?’ Our last record was about recovery in general, but I truthfully didn’t buy in. I decided to live in my disease instead. ‘Skin Game’ looks at where the pain comes from. I’m looking at the personal, physical, emotional, and broader political experiences feeding into the cycle of addiction for millions of us.”
Speaking to us for our October 2019 issue, he continued about his journey to their latest album: “Our last record [‘Is The Is Are’] was all about recovery - but truthfully, I didn’t buy in. I had been exposed to a lot of the ideas I was singing about, but I was trying to find an easier way, and ultimately I found out that there isn’t one.”
I had to look at myself really deeply and confront a lot of things that were difficult to stomach. Drug addiction is a symptom of a larger problem. At rehab you examine that, and then you make sure you don’t repeat those behaviours that make you act a certain way so that you don’t fall back into active addiction. I don’t regret that album; it’s part of my story now. But I now know that failure and relapse can also be a part of a person’s eventual success and recovery.”
Watch the video for ‘Skin Game’ below:
See DIIV live at the following dates:
05 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up Tavern +*
06 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Guild Hall +*
07 - Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst +*
08 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore +*
10 - Seattle, WA – Crocodile +* SOLD OUT
11 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall +*
13 - Sonoma, CA - Sonoma Redwood Barn +*
14 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room Highland Park +* SOLD OUT
15 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room Highland Park +* SOLD OUT
16 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room Highland Park +*
20 - Bristol, UK - SWX
21 - Leeds, UK - Leeds University Stylus
22 - Liverpool, UK - The Invisible Wind Factory
23 - Glasgow, UK - Queen Margaret Union
24 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - Riverside
26 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
27 - London, UK - O2 Forum Kentish Town
28 - Birmingham, UK - The Crossing
29 - Brighton, UK - Chalk (Formerly the Haunt)
+ w/ Froth
* w/ Storefront Church
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