Cleveland Lo-Fi Project Total Downer Offers A Fuzzy Punch On "Frick U"
We're all gonna die one day. Andy Schumann knows this, thank god, so he's resolved to make good music with his buddies in the most appallingly honest ways before we do. That's why he launched Total Downer, his latest pop-punk lo-fi project. And yeah, sure, the grungey tunes sort of are a downer, but they're not a total downer. They're punchy and fuzzy and real, bittersweet sonic bites to mull over.
In just a few months, Schumann will be releasing Live! From My Computer, the debut EP from his Total Downer efforts. The first look we've got at the EP is "Frick U," his latest single. We asked Schumann for a little background on the tune and he offered us this precise explanation:
The track opens with a rolling rhythm line, woozy and crackling behind distinct vocals marred by betrayal as Schumann dwells on mismatched friendships, their dubious newness inevitably compared to the comfort of old friends. The percussion comes in quick, steady pulses that don't overpower the total arrangement but still boast a certain flashiness.
Throughout the track, we're treated to that bedroom-type production we love in lo-fi projects: resigned, weary delivery mashed with fiery in-your-face fuzz and distortion. When the instrumentation builds, layers of cloudy pop-rock rhythms resound long after their absence. The song's climax comes more than halfway through when Schumann howls, wounded, "I just wanna have a life and die and say I'm happy at the end," an almost unbearably earnest confession that, despite its fleeting nature, seems to echo in the mind, like ghostly entrails fading away. Schumann knows how to soul strip, gut punch, and rock. Finally, the track ends amid that bleary bittersweet rhythm line, fueled by garage-rock percussion.
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