Sunday, December 01, 2019

Voters-- and Neighbors-- Of The Future? What Will Influence Them-- Besides US3R?


Have you heard any of US3R's music? He describes himself as a solo indie pop / electronic artist based in Seattle and he began this project in early 2018. Raised by a family of musicians, he spent his childhood in Palm Springs. "I write songs," he told his fans, "that I feel are a commentary on modern life, society, social media, and relationships." The music is socially conscious grungy electro-pop.

"This year," he wrote," I've been recording an album called Influence. It is a commentary about influencer culture, our desperate desire to be loved and famous in the era of social media. It is also about the breakdown of intimacy due to technology. It was 10 tracks, and I had considered it done. Then, while I was on an airplane home, and I began listening to Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey for the first time. After I heard that song, I was stunned by the honesty of her lyrics, and immediately was inspired to write a song that felt extremely honest. I wrote "Millennial Blues" right then in its entirety. That next week, I finished the track in the studio. It fit the theme of Influence perfectly, and it became the 11th track. The theme was so central to the album, it became the main single for the album."

The album came out on DeepWater Records on December 15. He lists his own musical influencers as Big Data, Pharell, Daft Punk, Bon Iver, Glass Animals and Prince. Want to follow him on Twitter? I noticed him making fun of Devin Nunes the other day. I see he has some tour dates booked in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco coming up early next year. I hope he's doing some shows in Southern California too. He'd be so perfect for a gig in Riverside for Liam O'Mara's campaign. I wonder if he does that kind of thing.

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