words by Eric Nyffeler | photo by Chevy Anderson
"Kevin's Cancer" spins like a slightly seasick Beach Boys, with a lazy beat sauntering slowly under a pair of harmonized female voices. It's pretty but never relaxing. The cancer afflicting the titular Kevin seems to have Yoni Wolf questioning life and death, considering "vague, indefinite afterlife scenarios," before finally admitting, "I know with no uncertainty / That I'm uncertain and I don't know."
The second verse finds Wolf abandoning the religion impressed upon him by his mother. "And so I go without a care / Head bare and somehow I'm still here / Lay your mother's dread in her grave / Savor the gift and behave its midst," Wolf ponders (with his trademark internal rhyme schemes). Following one final uncertain chorus, Wolf remarks to the crowd, "Fuck yeah. That was great."
Performed at the Waiting Room in Omaha, Nebraska
Shot by Michael Todd, Bridget McQuillan & Chevy Anderson
Edited by Chevy Anderson
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