Gifted with a talented vocalist, hooks as strong as the guitar work and, oddly enough, a world-renowned athlete on drums, LAGS are a cult favourite in the Italian punk scene and have recently been picking up some great attention from the likes of Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Louder, The Line Of Best Fit, The 405, London in Stereo and more. They’ve also previously played/toured with the likes of Beach Slang, Delta Sleep, Screeching Weasel, Raein and have been selling out 200 – 500 cap venues over in Italy for their own headline dates.

“‘Il Podista’ is the original name of the track – it was meant to be our first song in italian. Nevertheless, we let Casu Marzu Records (our UK and USA label) listen to a demo version of it: they loved the song and asked us to make an english version of it. We embraced the idea and ‘Showdown’ came to life. And it was so good that we decided to keep it in the new album tracklist.

The lyrics of the song are about the odd and common sensation of not being able to truly be yourself, because you spend most of your time and energy meeting someone else’s expectations. It’s like a constant rush towards something, and the only thing you are aware of is that you’re shedding parts during the run. In the end, in the showdown with yourself.

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