Garage-punk band The Electric Mess shares a new single “City Sun”! Self-described as a dystopian proto-punk ripper, its timing is darkly appropriate, although unintended, with NYC, and the world, coming to a grinding halt over the COVID-19 virus.
“City Sun is a dystopian tune I wrote about a year ago,” reflected front-woman Esther Crow (vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion). “It has some surf elements but also a post-punk vibe, and then a slower, psyched out part with theremin (synth).” While the lyrics reflect darkly, they also provide a sense of hope and ability to overcome.
“I think the overall feeling that most of us are experiencing under the current situation and events is what prompted me to write it,” continued Crow. “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!”