Tempe’s own punk rock trio The Venomous Pinks’ fourth single, “I Really Don’t Care,” off of their acclaimed EP, “I Want You” (out today on Die Laughing/Golden Robot Records), provides a pop-punk palate cleanser with bassist Gaby Kaos on lead vocals. The track is a reimagining of a song from Kaos’ youth that she wrote after a mentally abusive relationship.
Kaos says, “My boyfriend at the time was really controlling and did not believe in my dreams of becoming a musician because he let his aspirations fall by the wayside. I found myself at a crossroads, and decided to leave him to stay true to my music.”
Years later, she revisited the song, and it took on a different meaning. “Like other bands, we’ve been dealt with negative backlash over the years, and this track really drives home that we ultimately ‘really don’t care’ about the negativity. Nothing will stop us from accomplishing our goals.”
The video for the song was directed by Alexander Thomas with a storyline reenacting the infamous 1970’s horror flick “Carrie.” The visuals are a perfect bloody pairing to The Pinks’ razor-sharp licks, intense beats, and punk attitude that demands listeners to stay true to themselves, even if others “are going to laugh at you” for being nothing but original.