Published Jun 22, 2020No Brainer is a relatively new Calgary punk outfit that features members of PMMA and Paradise, among others. Today, they've announced plans to launch a new EP series and shared their debut single "Painkiller."
The song, which is as gritty as the members' other projects but slightly more melodic as a whole, sees them discuss death and life without a father.
Guitarist Bill Kerr shared the following statement about the track:
A few years back, my father was given a couple of months to live. I quit my job and moved back in with my parents. I spent those months taking care of my dad, giving him medicine, keeping him company. One rainy September morning, he passed away. It was a bittersweet moment; on the one hand, he was gone, but, on the other, he didn't have to suffer anymore. That final moment had a profound impact on me, and I'll live with that for the rest of my life.
Frontman Mike Grant added:
There are a lot of sons and daughters growing up without their parents, at the hands of an inherently flawed system. As a social worker, I see firsthand the mechanics of these flaws. The protests are just the beginning, and I'm ecstatic to see these conversations are occurring on this level. We want to contribute and participate in any way we can.
"Painkiller" will appear on the band's Everything is fine. EP, which is set to arrive on August 7. The song has been debuted with a new music video from Ryan Kostel, and you can watch that below.
All proceeds from the sale of "Painkiller" on the band's Bandcamp page will be donated to the Calgary Black Empowerment Fund.