I gotta say I’m so optimistic about 2022. No, I’m not blind to the ridiculous, insecure, fearful, desperate behavior of a lot of my fellow human beings. I’m not ignoring the fact that the majority of the underground gatekeepers are trying to stay status quo as fuck and forgetting about their performative protests of a couple years ago. But I’m tuned into the creative, explorative, futuristic, celebratory, dynamic, genius-level art that’s coming up from the underground every day.
Take the addictive, synapse-expanding sounds of Nuclear Daisies, for example. They’ve got a new LP on Portrayal of Guilt Records out sometime this year. And I’m watching and listening to the video for their single “Heaven in Your Head” and I’m dancing like I’m bouncing through a field of daisies while my brain explodes with mushroom clouds! Then a shoegaze rainbow bursts out of one of those mushroom clouds and swoops me up into the air to dance on a misty psychedelic electronic haze. If none of this makes sense to you, lift your head out of the emotionally-impoverished gutter this society wants you in and look up, because “Heaven in Your Head”!
Directed, shot and edited by Will Campbell Extra camera footage provided by Daniel Fried Lighting by Keegan Reed
Careening washes of sound oscillating out of control, dusty tape delays pushed to their limits. Guitar-driven drone dance music? Psilocybin-fueled episodes? Harbinger of the apocalypse? You decide. What happens when two minds come together and create a pool of shimmering doomsday hymns? Melodies made from sliced guitars and antiquated keyboards. Drum sounds launched off the roof of a house smashed through all the juicy 80s reverb you could ever want — the ramblings of a person gone mad, or a sad clown adrift in the seas of time. Who are the Nuclear Daisies, you may ask? They push one idea. We are all connected now. You & I, Us & Them. Always together in time…