TRACK PREMIERE: ROIDZ “POP SONG”
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New Zealand’s Roidz started as Daniel Smith’s heart-rending home-taped “songs of anguish and desire”—see here for all the evidence—but now they’re a full four-piece band newly relocated to L.A., just in time for the release of their new Fight Night full-length tomorrow on L.A.’s Danger Collective. It’s an album about what Roidz songwriter Smith calls “the emotion and the violence of being a young man in New Zealand,” and that’s the Fight Night title, the Fight Night art and especially this song, too, which is about the way feelings of rage and love and confusion can hit you all at the same time. It starts sweet and finishes slow, heavy and raw—it’s a lo-fi pop song that just can’t stay a pop song for long. Says Smith:
“‘Pop Song’ is about how heart-yearning is both a completely stupid and completely human thing to do. Its about being angry at yourself for wanting something that you know is dumb to want, but you want it anyway. The pop hook devolves into a screaming mess which is fun to play live, if I have enough breath to pull it off.”
And guitarist/engineer Rueben Winter adds a little more context:
“‘Pop Song’ was recorded, along with the rest of the record, in various bedrooms and practice spaces. The outro came from our love of Tte Mint Chicks—Ruban and Kody of UMO’s old band, a.k.a. the best NZ band of all time—and their formula of taking a pop song and throwing something dissonant in to flip the table in a kind of pleasurable of self sabotage. See the song “Welcome to Nowhere”, a song about our hometown, for reference. Fun fact: our practice space was in a storage space and when Daniel recorded the vocals for the outro, I left the room to give him some space and the people in the hallways looked confused and kinda horrified hearing someone screaming for his life in the basement of this building.”
Get Fight Night here and watch for a Roidz tour this summer!