PR – Alternative Punk Band Family Man Release Cacophony of Brutal Rage ‘FATHER JOHN’.pdf

(October 5, 2023) – Born of pure rage and disdain for his experience in the private catholic school system, lead singer/guitarist Conner Root recounts his time at Loyola High School of Los Angeles in “FATHER JOHN” out today on Indica Records. It took him years to unlearn the toxicity that was ingrained so deeply into him, and it culminates with this – a cathartic cacophony of brutal rage. “FATHER JOHN” is an exposé, a recounting of disgust, but most importantly, it is an apology. Described as a “cesspool of toxic masculinity, archaic Catholic mindsets, blatant racism, and willfully ignorant rich kids,” this institution drove Root to the brink of suicide. After being admitted with financial assistance, Root experienced “otherness” due to his ethnically Jewish identity, and his questioning of Catholic dogma, which ultimately led to him suppressing many aspects of his identity, sexuality, and sense of self for years to come. But this goes so much farther than just being an outcast. One event that always stuck with him was how “hundreds of ego-inflated, jacked up 16 year old boys” would erupt into howling screams and applause whenever a group of young women would enter the campus. It bothered him not only that it happened in the first place, and that the administration did nothing about it, but what truly upset him for years after was the fact that he partook in this “display of masculine shit-spewing.”