Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Electric Mess - "City Sun"

It's pretty obvious we're huge fans of classic garage rock here at If It's Too Loud..., especially if it's mixed with psychedelia. If you're like-minded, the latest from NYC's The Electric Mess will be perfect for you. "City Sun" is described as a "dystopian proto-punk ripper." It also might be perfect for the bizarre times we're living in, as even though it's dystopian, there is something unmistakably positive in the song.

Esther Crow (vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion) explains the song: " 'City Sun' is a dystopian tune I wrote about a year ago. It has some surf elements but also a post-punk vibe, and then a slower, psyched out part with theremin (synth)... I think the overall feeling that most of us are experiencing under the current situation and events is what prompted me to write it... It specifically refers to the New York City sun, and the setting of the sun/entrance of "the shadow" is a metaphor for the end of the world (as we know it? or...entirely? It's your guess!). Though the song is dark, and times have gotten even darker than when I wrote it a year ago, there's a desperate clutching at HOPE and LIGHT too. The lyrics during the slow/synth part, "what more can I do, here, to keep the light on...in my mind?" reflect a yearning to dig deep inside and stay positive, even though the outside world keeps hurling challenges at us. Ultimately, defeating the darkest elements will depend on fearlessly standing up to evil, and conquering it with love and light. I believe we can do this!"

You can listen to "City Sun" below. The Electric Mess V, the upcoming fifth album from The Electric Mess, will be out April 17 on Soundflat Records. You can pre-order the album here. For more on The Electric Mess, check out their website.

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