“In my mind, it’s a basic study of humans on different levels, almost from an Alien National Geographic kind of perspective. Here is Earth, a most beautiful place and here are the alluring creatures who call themselves human beings. Let’s observe them when they are just in their bodies. Now look how they change when they interact with other groups’ – like a typical lab observation, right? Which is interesting in itself; but then of course, we have to look at how amazingly powerful humans can be when they disengage from the drama and plug into something bigger than themselves. I find comfort in all of it, when I can step back and observe us the way a newcomer might.”Vanderocker
Writer, guitarist, bassist and synth player across the new EP, Adrienne Vanderocker collaborates with producer Brandon Eggleston and several noteworthy guest artists such as Federico Pol Jr (Joe Cocker), Peter Holmström (The Dandy Warhols, PIA), and Brendan Bond (Black Pumas) in her new psychedelic EP ”The Good Punk.”
This includes four new tracks (as well as a bonus instrumental) which take the listener on a whole journey of genres from psych to electro pop, touching themes on sex, voyeurism and duality, which solidifies Vanderocker’s role as one of the most exciting recent alternative indie acts.
Among this EP, we are essentially taken on a journey of the human experience and our own battles with desire in our lives. This is highlighted in the track ”Cult for you.” Described as ‘earthly pleasure’ by the artist, the ambience and echos within the song take you on a lesson on the basics of human desire in the most spiritual form possible.
We are then taken into ‘‘Endless City” which brings the human experience out of the singular and into the city at night. It paints a picture of an environment full of the highest highs and the lowest lows, where people become ”lock boxes for sins, secrets, or resilience, or heroism, and they also become the most open, revealing, expressions of themselves on the flip of a dime.” This Endless City is also the place to get mind altering substances which keep us in a state of euphoria. It is emphasised that people on the outside wouldn’t get it, but those experiencing it would get it the most.
“Taking Notes” almost makes you feel like you are at school again. Here, Vanderocker takes a different route with a ”deep funky groove” explaining how as humans we have to push ourselves to almost reach our potential.
I was setting up a kind of 70’s vibe as the foundation and Pete ended up putting some really cool guitar work, creating this brilliant soundscape over the piece. In case anyone wanted to enjoy this piece without the narrative, we included a bonus instrumental on the EP”Vanderocker
Finally, the psychedelic journey ends with the track ”Supercell.” Vanderocker describes the tune as something which ”takes a look at how powerful humans are when they come together for a cause. Of course, it particularly speaks to all the unrest and upset around the massive corruption and ongoing systemic racism.”
Vanderocker explains that when writing she ”was just thinking about that superpower gene that kicks in when change happens.” When she found out what a supercell was, she says the track ”couldn’t have been more perfect.”
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