Clocking in at seven minutes, it has serious Deftones vibes with the softer, melodic opening featuring lush, gentle vocals from Aaron Gillespie. Over time the song changes gears, growing more creepy and eerie until it reaches its breaking point with Spencer Chamberlain’s intense screams, pummeling drums, and violent guitars.
“We started writing the song, randomly, on the anniversary of my dad’s death, and to release it exactly a year from that day is wild,” says guitarist Tim McTague. “I was in a funk and wanted to make something sad but felt drained. The song ended up becoming an audible journey of death and is called ‘Pneumonia’ because that is what was listed on my dad’s death certificate. It’s also the only song in the history of the band that Spencer and Aaron sat someone down and asked them (me) to help write some of the lyrics, which was truly an honor.”
Listen to the song below.