Family relationships and friendships broken by deep divisions in the U.S. following the 2016 election are the subject of this new song by Portland band Camp Crush, titled “Vicious Life.” The band’s songwriter and singer Jennifer Deale told us the song is about the loss of a particular friend:

“I wrote ‘Vicious Life,’ after a devastating friend break-up that happened after the presidential election and I realized that in this new societal landscape, it can be easier to say goodbye to our relationships than to fight for them. After the election, we saw our relationships change with friends and family, a sort of unspoken question of “what side are you on?” permeated everything.  I wrote this song as a reminder that we are all connected to each other, even if we try to say goodbye or run away from difficult conversations … But love, connection and community is the only thing that can heal our world, and it’s important to keep running to it, time and time again. That’s what ‘Vicious Life,’ is about — giving grace and forgiveness to each other, even when we’ve been left with baggage to carry.”

Camp Crush is married duo Jennifer Deale and Chris Spicer. “Vicious Life” appears on Camp Crush’s new EP, ‘Run,’ which will be released February 1, 2019. They play a release show at Doug Fir Lounge January 31st, opening for The Cabin Project.