Your new favourite band, ‘Remo Drive’ have unleashed their new video and second single, ‘Ode to Joy 2’, from forthcoming album ‘A Portrait of An Ugly Man’ which is due 26 June on Epitaph Records.
Written over the span of a few years, vocalist Erik Paulson explains, “the lyrics were inspired by the excess I perceived around me as I transitioned from being a college student into touring full time. Most people who’ve done either can confirm that many social interactions are built around having a drink or smoking weed. Once the honeymoon period of exploration was over for me, I became frustrated with the omnipresence of drugs and alcohol and wanted to write about it… Oh what fun it is laughing at nothing, by this age we all have it down.. When I wrote the final version of the lyrics, I tried to connect with how I think when I’m drunk. I always feel as though I’m loving and hating every second of it. This song captures that same ambivalence.”
A loose and gritty distorted guitar picks out the opening theme, before Paulson’s fragile vocals take over. The vocal performance alone is stunning but, throw in some spectacular guitar work and you have the makings of something very special indeed. Paulson sings with such a delicate urgency. He has a unique talent and is only 4 bars away from breaking your heart or carrying you away on a wave of euphoric joy. This is a band you need in your life.
Check it out, here.
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‘A Portrait of an Ugly Man’ Track Listing:
1. A Guide To Live By
2. Star Worship
3. Dead Man
4. If I’ve Ever Looked Too Deep In Thought
5. The Ugly Man Sings
6. True Romance Lives
7. Ode to Joy 2
8. The Night I Kidnapped Remo Drive
9. A Flower and a Weed
10. Easy as That