It’s frustrating when the media portrays depression as this romantically glamorous “blip.” Tears flecking the clear-skinned and perfectly symmetrical faces of Hollywood actresses that go on week-long vodka-fueled benders where they make outrageously dangerous life choices before getting their shit together (usually via a romantic relationship). The truth is, depression is mostly just incredibly fucking boring.
That feeling of banality within depression is what Seattle’s Wild Powwers have encapsulated on their latest single, “Decades.” The typically ferocious trio have softened up their grunge-inspired sound for the third single off their forthcoming record, What You Wanted. While drummer Lupe Flores keeps the song moving with a quick-paced, driving beat, Lara Hilgemann’s vocals are toned down significantly, with her signature growl only making a short appearance about ¾ of the way through the song and the majority of the song led by a gentle croon of empathetic lyrics.
“Is that what you wanted to hear /Lying facedown on your couch /Trying to pick up your feet /But you just can’t get out,” lilts Hilgemann on the opening verse. She goes on to convey the vast, seemingly never-ending emptiness of depression with, “Ain’t it so strange /How you always feel that way /Feelin half-deranged /Knowing you’re never gonna change.” Hilgemann had this to say about the song:
The song comes to us via a video by Ron Harrell which does very well in depicting the completely boring and not at all glamorous aspects of depression. The lost hours spent laying in bed staring at the ceiling. Late night walks in the hopes that the fresh air might make you feel better and also to feel like you did *something* that day. The piling up of cigarettes because giving a shit about your physical health feels impossible when you can’t take care of your mental health. So. Much. Crying. Here’s what Harrell had to say about the clip:
What You Wanted out April 23rd via Nadine Records and features all-star locals Sam Bell (R.E.M., Minus the Bear, Weezer, Taylor Swift) on production and Ed Brooks (Pearl Jam, Death Cab For Cutie, R.E.M.) helming mastering. Watch the video for “Decades” below.
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