Monday, August 5, 2019

Parsnip - "Rip It Off"

Photo by Charlotte Tobin
Melbourne's Parsnip is going to be one those really divisive bands. Some of you are going to love this and become completely obsessed, while others are going to despise this so feverishly that it may destroy friendships. But that's ok. Their latest single, "Rip It Off," almost comes across as a psychedelic children's song but with a punk attitude to it. In other words, it would exist in some demonic version of a kids' TV show. That doesn't make it evil sounding. It's mostly cheery, with a hypnotic sound to it. The closest artists to compare "Rip It Off" to are Jonathan Richman and Beat Happening.

Stella Rennix of Parsnip explains the song: "To me ‘Rip It Off’ came from a feeling of being hung up on what the future holds, living in a haze of concern, and so missing out on your life as it’s happening. I suppose it is a song about worrying...the fruitlessness of incessant worry." 

You can watch the video for "Rip It Off" below. When the Tree Bears Fruit, the debut album from Parsnip, will be out August 30 on Trouble in Mind. You can pre-order a copy here. For more on Parsnip, check them out on Twitter and Facebook.

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