Inspired by observations of club kid culture, duo’s single with NSFW title is called “best new rock song of the year so far.”
Lawrence, Kansas-based duo, Tree Machines, comprised of Patrick Aubry and Douglas Woolridge, is set to release its debut self-titled EP on March 31st, preceded by the provocatively titled single “Fucking Off Today.” See the premiere of the music video for the track via The Wild here.
The new EP opens with this giant-sounding track, running without the bother of learning to crawl, and lyrically capturing the idea of not caring in a way no artist has before. “With open mouths to feed, we’re fucking off today,” Woolridge sings with ultimate conviction, adding an ironic touch that gives the song even more potency. The anthemic aspects of this message were borne of Woolridge and Aubry’s observations of the on-off, blissed-out-but-strung-out club kids they’d see during their gigs as lighting designers.
For the song’s music video, the duo headed to (not so) glamourous Los Angeles.
“Culver City’s a hell of a place to find yourself on a Tuesday morning,” says Woolridge. “Run down warehouses and littered streets – I guess we didn’t really know what to expect beyond the fact that we were shooting our first music video.” The band arrived to find on set to find a “magical forest” of metal stands with dead limbs attached, small potted trees, leaves covering the ground, and a palm tree strung with Christmas lights.
“It was perfect,” Woolridge says. “Any trepidation Patrick and I had went away as soon as we were greeted by the crew, and once we loosened up a bit, we got a kick out of talking to them about tornados and all the things people from the Midwest do to pass the time.”
“I sometimes forget how talented the company I keep can be,” says Aubrey of Woolridge’s performance in the clip. “As for me, I’m still pretty new to cameras, but the whole day was an adventure.”
Capturing the confusing feelings of youth, and longing for something so much bigger than what they refer to as “the Midwest lifestyle,” is in Tree Machines’ DNA, which could be why we haven’t heard a song about apathy delivered in such blunt terms until now. For it to work, it’d have to be a tune with a melody and hook as strong as found here to be believable (especially for a debut single with “fucking” in the title!)
Tree Machines pulls it off.
01. Fucking Off Today
02. Late Snow
04. At the Wheel
05. The Fire
06. Black and Blue
07. Man at the Door