Phoebe Bridgers Explains Why She Didn't Delay The Release Of 'Punisher'

By Katrina Nattress

June 19, 2020

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When the coronavirus pandemic stunned the world, many bands were forced to delay their album releases as a result. Not Phoebe Bridgers. The singer-songwriter not only dropped her sophomore album Punisher, but she also put it out a day early (June 18). Bridgers announced the surprise on Twitter, along with an explanation why she decided not to push back its release.

"I’m not pushing the record until things go back to 'normal' because I don’t think they should. Here it is a little early," she declared before giving her thoughts on police reform. "Abolish the police. Hope you like it."

Punisher features guest spots from Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, Bridgers' boygenius bandmates Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, and Better Oblivion Community Center collaborator Conor Oberst. See Bridgers' tweet below.

Though she doesn't think things should go back to "normal," Bridgers recently lamented her quarantine brain during an interview with Q104.3.

"I feel like I'm so much more judgmental of people," she admitted. "I miss the way my brain used to work. Like now I just drive down the street and I'm judging every single person I drive by who's not wearing a mask or standing in a group of, like, 10. It just makes me so much more cynical. I miss my old brain."

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