Indie-punk Maverick Vanderocker returns with a brand new EP – The Good Punk – a 5 track journey, bringing us a brilliant mix of punk, indie and psychedelia in this experimental EP.
Soon to be turned into a short film, the short album touches on themes of sex, voyeurism and confirms Vanderocker’s place in the alternative music scene.
Vanderocker is an indie music project lead by Adrienne Vanderocker, an LA based performance artist who comes from a family of Dutch-American classical musicians. Boasting a huge amount of talent, Adrienne composed the EP, playing guitar, bass and synth on the record. Together with the producing skills of 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), the EP was born.
Vanderocker have continued to soundtrack an eccentric and dreamlike view of the world, best described by Adrienne herself:
“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.”
In the early stages of their music, Vanderocker worked more with classic rock and electronica, but through experimentation and collaboration, the sound has become more polished, honing in on the perfect hybrid genre, including trip-hop, avant garde, roadhouse blues and indie pop.
Vanderocker have continued to push musical boundaries, working with Phil Ek (Modest Mouse; Built to Spill) on single, Dear Future Self in August 2020 and appearing on the soundtrack to the PS4/XBox One/PC game, Beyond Blue. Tying all of the music together and encapsulating the Vanderocker journey, the short film, Cult for You, will be a 1920s-esque erotic flick, with shooting beginning this November.
The Good Punk is due to be released on the 13th November, and the track list goes as follows:
Cult For you opens with punchy, punk guitar that lead the track, accompanied by haunting and sensual vocals. As the harmonies layer, the track becomes more intense, leaving the listener in their own imagination.
“Earthly pleasure. Birthright. A pure journey of the flesh. The most basic, primal experiential potential of having a human body. You can get off and go about your day unaffected, or you can reach other dimensions, use sex as medicine and heal yourself and/or your other, or connect to pure God essence, just by knowing how to use your body as a vessel. Sex is a portal. I like the duality there is in sex and the sensual worlds alone- the drama, the meaning, the purpose all begins in our heads and then trickles through our bodies to be expressed and manifested.”
Endless city leads with a heavy bassline, introducing the other instruments that layer upon each other. It really gives you a nostalgic feeling of walking through an empty city at night, feeling empowered but intrigued by the mystery around you.
“Now we take the human experience out of the singular and look at it from about 50 yards away, for instance, watching small groups interact in our favourite petri dish – a city at night. This environment is a prime setting for getting the extreme highs and polar opposite lows out of people, often within the same experience. We follow our subject, seemingly feminine, through the streets where she bears witness to all of it. People’s faces 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. There is also the idea that a city at night is also where you have the easiest access to mind altering substances, either through drugs, or euphoric divination – and seeing how the two paths can have their similarities is interesting to me. The two paths can look the same but feel and affect one in polar opposite ways. Of course, all these experiences lead to the same goal- wanting to feel loved, and oh the trouble humans go through to achieve this feeling. From an outside perspective, it would make you deeply curious what the fuss is about.”
Taking Notes boasts a more avant-garde feel to it, bringing in more electronic and psych vibes. The layering of the voices with whispers really gives a trippy feel to the track. Sit back and close your eyes, you’re in for a journey with this one. This is also included as a bonus track instrumental, which is simply incredible and really give the instruments their spotlight.
“This is the most avant-garde piece on the EP. Establishing a deep funky groove as a setting for a narrative on the human experience and how we have to go through all this strange and often painful play to be able to tap into the higher experience and of course, our true 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.”
Supercell really brings the punk into this EP, with its message about waking up, coming together and “opening the eyes of the human race”. It is a brilliant final track to the EP, especially considering what society has been through this year.
“This track 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. When I was writing Supercell I was just thinking about that superpower gene that kicks in when change happens. I wrote it thinking about it in that context and then learned what a Supercell actually is- a Supercell is the mother of all storms. It couldn’t have been more perfect.”
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Written by Mars Smith