Last night (November 5), SLIPKNOT performed its new single, “The Chapeltown Rag,” live for the first time ever at Knotfest Los Angeles. The event was livestreamed as it happened, giving fans access to both the studio version and SLIPKNOT‘s live performance of “The Chapeltown Rag” within only hours of its premiere.
Recorded during recent sessions for a yet-to-be-announced new album, “The Chapeltown Rag” barrels forward with the speed of a derailed freight train and incisively eviscerates internet culture from the inside out with a scream, “WHEN EVERYTHING IS GOD ONLINE…NOTHING IS.”
SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor commented on “The Chapeltown Rag,” remarking “It’s a punisher man. It’s classic SIPKNOT. And it’s frenetic. But lyrically, it’s coming from a point of talking about the various manipulations that can happen when social media meets media itself. And the different ways that these manipulations can try to pull us in different directions, in the fact that we’re all becoming addicts to it, which is very, very dangerous.”
M. Shawn Crahan, better known as Clown from SLIPKNOT, added “‘The Chapeltown Rag’ facilitates a sort of mindset that you’re going to like: it’s along the barnburner side of things.”
“The Chapeltown Rag” represents another high watermark in a banner year for SLIPKNOT. Making a triumphant return to the road, their Knotfest Roadshow sold out amphitheaters across the country bookended by the record-breaking Knotfest Iowa and now Knotfest Los Angeles. In addition, they topped the bills of festivals as diverse as Riot Fest, Rocklahoma, Inkcarceration, Welcome To Rockville, and more.